It's Day Two the Annual COMFWB Trade Fair. Learn more
Day Two of the Annual COMFWB Trade Fair.Learn more

second annual
regional trade fair
& Gala dinner

22nd - 24th September 2021

Lusaka, Zambia
New Opportunity
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Consultancy Services : Short term consultancy to develop a Resource Mobilization Strategy for COMFWB
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Latest News

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December 18, 2023
COMFWB Members at IATF 2023: A fruitful participation thanks to GIZ supports

The 3rd edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF 2023) which was held in Cairo Egypt, from November 9-15, 2023 was a success. IATF 2023 provided market access of $43bn and Platform for networking, Business to Business Linkages and Exchanges of business.

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December 15, 2023
Leila Belkhiria Jaber: Leading Women in Business to Empowerment

Leila Belkhiria Jaber takes the helm as President of Women In Business, uniting global women entrepreneurs for growth and empowerment.

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November 27, 2023
RECAMP: For the increase of private sector participation in sustainable regional and global value chains

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July 17, 2023
Unleashing Women's Entrepreneurial Potential: COMFWB Launches BIAWE Phase 2 with €20 Million Funding

COMESA, COMFWB, AUDA-NEPAD, Spanish Gov & Kenya launch BIAWE Phase 2 to empower women entrepreneurs in Africa. €20M from Spain, offering incubation, training, markets & financial aid. Commits to women's economic participation & growth. Sanitary pad machine launched for KIRDI.

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May 25, 2023
Madagascars SAFE Trade Fair Attracts Over 100 Exhbitors

Madagascar hosts 1st SAFE trade fair promoting women's empowerment in entrepreneurship, highlighting the need for gender equality and support for economic opportunities.

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May 5, 2023
Regional Integration in Action: The COMESA Secretary General's Trip to Malawi

COMESA Secretary General urges Malawi to use ZEP-Re for regional integration, visits COMESA Federation of Women in Business to promote women-led businesses.

Our results in numbers

Our results in numbers


Jobs created

Through our programs and initiatives, COMFWB has contributed to the creation of over 10,000 jobs. These job opportunities have a meaningful impact on local economies and the livelihoods of individuals, advancing our mission of women's economic empowerment.


Investment facilitation

Over the past five years, COMFWB has successfully facilitated over $US50 million in investments for women-led businesses across the COMESA region. This substantial financial support has driven economic growth and empowerment for women entrepreneurs in our network.


Membership Increase

Since our inception, we have achieved a 50% increase in membership across the various COMFWB chapters, demonstrating our growing impact and outreach within the COMESA region.


Women-owned businesses empower

COMFWB has trained over 100,000 women, equipping them with essential business skills, cross-border trade knowledge, and other tools necessary for success. These women are now empowered to navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship and cross-border commerce, contributing to economic growth and regional integration.


Cross-border collaborations

COMFWB has facilitated 1,500 cross-border collaborations among women entrepreneurs in the COMESA region. These collaborations have led to increased trade, knowledge sharing, and economic opportunities, fostering regional integration and empowerment.


Women Entrepreneurs Supported by Incubators

COMFWB has enabled 2,500 women entrepreneurs to access essential business support services through partnerships with business incubators. This initiative has provided women with valuable resources and guidance to enhance their business ventures and overall economic success.

About us

Who Are We

The Comesa Federation of Women in Business (COMFWB) is a COMESA institution which was established in July 1993 in Zimbabwe with the endorsement of the Authority which is made up of Heads of States and Governments of the COMESA member states.

COMFWB acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience among women entrepreneurs; an instrument through which the appropriate portion of COMESA Women in Development Programmes are implemented; a forum for network among women entrepreneurs and an instrument for encouraging women to set up or expand existing enterprises.”

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About us


Catherine Olab
Tangakona Commercial Village, Busia - Kenya

I thank God for COMFWB for opening our minds through the training offered to us. I have benefited very much from this training. I am now able to train other groups and also other trainers on value addition for the cassava produced here in Busia.

Maureen sumbwe
Chief Executive Officer
ZFAWIB -Zambia

The hard work by the women in business in Zambia is now yielding results especially with the help coming from stakeholders like COMESA, COMFWB and ZAM.

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