COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA)
COMESA Regional Investment Agency (COMESA RIA) is one of the institutions of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). It was launched in 2006 with the aim to make the COMESA region an attractive investment destination.
Through its various activities, RIA provides a platform for private sector to interact with COMESA Governments and serves as an information hub through which it can promote the COMESA region, detailed information on legislation and policies affecting the business environment, cost of doing business, investment incentives, investment procedures, investment opportunities and projects, major events affecting investment and other relevant information. In doing so, RIA works closely with Member States’ Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) to promote the COMESA region as a common investment area, and in building a positive image of the region and of its Member States for a worldwide audience.
Moreover, RIA works to improve the business and investment climate of Member States namely through development support and capacity-building activities targeting their IPAs and other relevant Government Officials. As such, RIA improves Member States’ ability to facilitate and retain investments, and to promote themselves and the COMESA region, hence, to attract investment.