Egypt will spare no effort to develop the agenda of COMESA, especially economic and regional integration, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told the secretary-general of the bloc on Tuesday.
Egypt and the United Kingdom on Saturday have signed an association agreement to establish partnership and secure free trade between the two countries, a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry read.
The Egyptian government is waiting for the Kenyan response to its query on the latter's decision.
Seven members states, which are Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar and Senegal, have submitted bids to host the secretariat.
Gambia is the 22nd to ratify the agreement which as a result went into effect.
For Africa to increase its share in global trade, it has to start with intra-trade.
The agreement would consolidate a market of 1.2 billion people and a gross domestic product of $2.5 trillion.
In a reversal of the recent anti-globalization trend, Modi, Trump, May, Macron, Merkel and Trudeau declared their countries open for business.