Antananarivo, Wednesday, August 1, 2018: The chair of the COMEA Authority, H.E Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar, has bestowed on the outgoing Secretary General of COMESA, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, the Honorary Distinction Commander of Malagasy National Order. The honour is in recognition of Ngwenya's distinguished service in regional integration.
At the same time, President Rajaonarimampianina, has signed, on behalf of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Government, the contract for incoming Secretary General Ms Chileshe Kapwepwe. This marks the completion of the transition process and paves way for the handing over of the COMESA chief executive's office to Ms Kapwepwe on Tuesday 7th August,2018 at 0800 hours.
At the same time, the President simultaneously signed the contracts for two Assistant Secretaries General: Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget (Programmes) and Dr. Dev Haman (Administration and Finance) respectively.
Mr. Ngwenya is set to leave the regional organization next week when he officially hands over to the incoming SG Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe, who was appointed and took oath of office during the 20th COMESA Summit that took place in Zambia, July 18 -19, 2018. He leaves the organization after serving for the maximum two five year terms as Secretary General and a total of 34 years in COMESA. During his tenure, he oversaw the establishment of many trailblazing COMESA programmes and institutions.