SADC-EAC-COMESA Tripartite Free Trade Area Legal Texts and Policy Documents

Launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

The Heads of State and Government of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) met on 10 June, 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt at the Third Tripartite Summit to officially launch the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA).

Twenty four Member/Partner States have signed the Declaration; only Libya and Eritrea have not signed. The TFTA Agreement has been signed by the following 17 member countries: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and most recently, Zambia (signed on 17 June 2016).

Documents from the Summit and the text of the final TFTA Agreement are available in the four official languages – English, Arabic, French and Portuguese – below:


The member states of COMESA, the EAC and SADC agreed in October 2008 to negotiate a Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). A revised Draft Agreement and Annexes were finalized in December 2010. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) underpins the legal and institutional framework for the Tripartite process.


On 12 June, 2011, the Heads of State and Government of the three regional economic communities (RECs) met and signed a declaration launching negotiations for the establishment of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Free Trade Area (FTA).

Stakeholder Meetings

Draft Agreement

The previous Draft Agreement and Annexes are also available below for comparative purposes:

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