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Saturday, 2 September, 2000, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
Tanzania quits COMESA trading bloc

Tanzania has officially withdrawn from the regional economic grouping, COMESA the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

The government in Dar es Salaam gave notice a year ago of its intention because of concern that changes in internal tariff arrangements would harm Tanzania.

The remaining twenty members of COMESA plan to abolish the tariffs at the end of October to create a regional free trade area.

Tanzania believes that loss of the tariffs will hinder its industrial development.

It remains a member of the other two regional economic blocs -- the Southern African Development Community SADC and the East African Community EAC.

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