HE Sindiso Ngwenya

Secretary General

Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA)

 

Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya is the third Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).  He was born on 16 April 1951.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Geography and a Master of Science in Transportation and Traffic Planning He has over 27 years of service in industry, the public sector and quasi-government institutions. Before his current appointment, Mr Ngwenya was the Assistant Secretary General of COMESA in charge of Programs, a position he held for ten years.  He was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of COMESA programs including the Leather and Leather Product Institute (LLPI), the Clearing House and the Regional Investment Agency.  Industry involvement includes the design and implementation of transportation projects. At the regional level, he was instrumental in the formulation of COMESA, culminating in the launch of the COMESA Free Trade Area on 31 October 2000.  He also worked on the establishment of COMESA specialised institutions, such as the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), the COMESA Clearing House and the PTA Re-Insurance Company (ZEP-RE).  More recently, he played a key role in the design of the COMESA Customs Union and Common Investment Area.  He was also part of the team that crafted the COMESA Treaty and oversaw the transformation of the PTA into COMESA in 1994. His personal mission is to contribute to sustainable social and economic development, and uplifting the living standards of Africa’s populace through regional co-operation and integration to transform and modernise economies of COMESA member states individually and collectively with the ultimate objective of realising the African Economic Community under the auspices of the African Union.

HE Sindiso Ngwenya