LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
(COMESA), Africa’s largest trading bloc, on Wednesday announced
a new secretary-general.
Chileshe Kapwepwe, a
former deputy minister of finance from 2008 to 2011 in the
Zambian government, was announced as the new secretary-general
during the 20th Heads of State and Government Summit
in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.
Zimbabwe’s Sindiso Ngwenya who has stepped down and becomes the
first female to head Africa’s biggest trading bloc.
Kapwepwe, who is
also the chairperson of Zambia’s revenue agency, the Zambia
Revenue Authority (ZRA), served as the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) Alternate Executive Director for its Africa Group One
Constituency from 2012 and is an accountant by profession.
With 21 members
following the admission of Tunisia and Somalia, COMESA was
formed in December 1994, replacing the Preferential Trade Area
which had existed since 1981.