Mona Sewilam wins the COMESA media award in TV category
Titled "COMESA: Between Equal Opportunities and African Integration" the film was presented, scripted and directed by Sewilam.
It focuses on the important role of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) whose 21 member states have a population of 583 million which is about half of Africa’s population, and with a gross domestic product of $805 billion, and a global export/import trade in goods worth $324 billion. This renders COMESA the largest market for trade and investment in Africa.
The documentary which was mostly filmed in Zambia where the COMESA secretariat is based also highlights Egypt's efforts to boost intra-African trade and achieve African integration. The documentary covered the significance of the Cairo-Cape Town Road that runs through Zambia. It filmed the successful Zambia-Egypt Joint Farm Venture located in Zambia, which will benefit from the road and COMESA's incentives on exporting its products to COMESA member states like Egypt.
"All thanks go to the Zambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Major General Ambassador of Zambia to Egypt Topply Mulambo Lubaya, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the then Ambassador of Egypt to Zambia and the Permanent Representative of Egypt to COMESA Ahmed Mostafa, for offering all the support needed to produce the winning documentary," said Sewilam.
Sewilam previously won the COMESA award on the sidelines of the 20th COMESA Summit in the Zambian capital Lusaka. She emphasized that her winning is a concrete proof that Egyptian media is capable of carrying out outdoor coverage inside Africa and of competing at the regional level.