Comesa elects new board of di­rec­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Business Re­porter

THE Comesa Business Coun­cil has elected a new board of di­rec­tors led by Dr Amany As­four from Egypt.

The business coun­cil’s new board chair has been re-elected to serve a se­cond twoyear term. The Comesa Business Coun­cil is a business mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tion and recog­nised pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tion of the Com­mon Mar­ket of Eastern and South­ern Africa (Comesa) to which Zim­babwe is a mem­ber.

The CBC rep­re­sents pri­vate sec­tor in­ter­ests at the high­est lev­els of de­ci­sion mak­ing in the re­gion.

Other mem­bers of the Comesa Business Coun­cil who were elected dur­ing the coun­cil’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Lusaka, Zam­bia over the weekend, are Mr Azim Cur­rim­jee (Mau­ri­tius) as first vice chair­per­son and Ms Flora Mu­tahi (Kenya) the se­cond vice chair­per­son.

In a state­ment, the CBC which also pro­vides key mar­ket driven ser­vices to its mem­ber­ship said the event also saw the elec­tion of di­rec­tors of the board that in­clude Mr Solomon Afe­work (Ethiopia), Mr Karl Chokotho (Malawi), Mr Stephen Ruz­ibiza (Rwanda), Mr Wil­son Nancy (Sey­chelles), Ms Amna Mo­hammed Ibrahium El­nour (Su­dan) and Ms Roseta Cha­bala (Zam­bia).

The AGM was at­tended by the CBC mem­ber­ship, in­clud­ing pri­vate and the pub­lic sec­tor stake­hold­ers from the 19 Comesa coun­tries as well the development part­ners such as the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Development (USAID).

The Comesa Business Coun­cil said be­sides elec­tions, the meet­ing val­i­dated the key achieve­ments of the in­sti­tu­tion dur­ing the pe­riod 2015-2016 and re­viewed the roadmap to­wards 2017.

The out­comes of the meet­ing will be stream­lined in a post-meet­ing re­port.

An awards cer­e­mony was also or­gan­ised for three key buy­ers in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts in pro­mot­ing lo­cal sourc­ing in the re­gion as part of the Lo­cal Sourc­ing for Part­ner­ships Project.

Among the com­pa­nies awarded were two ho­tels in Zam­bia — Taj Pamodzi Ho­tel and the Protea Ho­tel and a brew­eries com­pany from Rwanda — BRALIRWA Lim­ited.

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