COMESA has a key role to play in promoting trade and cross-border cooperation in the Great Lakes Region. COMESA is currently implementing Regulations on the Minimum Standards for the Treatment of Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders (COMESA Regulations) tailored to reflect the specific challenges (including institutional reforms required in specific cases) faced by small- scale traders at the targeted border crossings.

COMESA will also implement Simplified Trade Regime (STR) which provides for small-scale traders to qualify for duty-free entry for certain goods and for a more simple and reduced set of documentary requirements to cross the border. For more information, go to .