The COMESA Aid for Trade Unit (COMAid), was established by Council Decision in May 2007, in order to coordinate and implement the COMESA Aid for Trade Strategy. The COMAid unit cuts across a wide range of platforms and is instrumental for many of the key programmes of the COMESA Aid for Trade Strategy.

The COMAid Unit works with the relevant operational divisions within the Secretariat, and primarily builds on on-going programmes and activities, to ensure proper co-ordination and the achievement of the objectives of the regional Aid for Trade strategy. Due to the important operational and co-ordination role, the COMAid Unit is attached directly to the office of the Assistant Secretary-General Programmes, operating under the overall supervision of the Secretary-General.

The coordination process is enhanced through work groups between the COMAid Unit and different division/unit personnel for the achievement of Aid for Trade objectives.