The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State summit on Wednesday elected 59-year-old Zambian, Ms Chileshe Kapwepwe as its First Woman Secretary-General. Kapwepwe was appointed by the Secretariat during the COMESA Heads of State and Government Summit themed: COMESA: Towards Digital Economic Integration at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia.
COMESA, the largest regional economic organisation in Africa with member states after the recent admission of Tunisia and Somalia, has a population of about 390 million. The bloc has a free trade area and launched a customs union in 2009. The purpose of the Forum was to rally member states towards full adoption of digital technologies.
Kapwepwe was serving as Chairperson of the Zambia Revenue Authority and Deputy Finance Minister before her appointment. She is also the former alternate Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as she has set to have replaced Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, who has worked at the regional body for 34 years in various capacities.