Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe has been appointed as the new Secretary-General of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA. She is taking over from Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya who has retired after the expiry of his term of office.

Ms. Kapwepwe is a Chartered Accountant and also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath, United Kingdom. She has vast experience in both private and public sectors with service in both local and international organizations spanning 30 years’ experience in middle and top management. She has worked in numerous sectors including motor industry, trade facilitation and quality assurance, aviation and government.

During her career, she has served as Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director of the National Airports Corporation Limited, Deputy Minister of Finance, Member of Parliament and as an Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, representing 23 African countries. She has a proven track record in leadership, business and operations management with a strong financial and commercial background, and experience in economic development, policy formulation and implementation.

She has served and continues to serve as Director and Chairperson on numerous boards including the Zambia Revenue Authority, Bank of Zambia, Ecobank Zambia Limited, BP Zambia Limited, Zambia Privatization Trust Fund, Airports Council International, African Civil Aviation Commission and Nico Insurance.

Also sworn in was a new Assistant Secretary General for Finance and Budget Mr. Dev Haman and Assistant SG in charge of programmes Dr Kipyego Cheluget whose contract has been renewed.