Ugandan Ascends to the Helm of EAC

Ugandan Ascends to the Helm of EAC

Annette Ssemuwemba, Uganda’s Deputy Secretary General, has been appointed to act as the EAC Secretary General until a new appointment is made.

The announcement was made by the East African Community’s (EAC) Council of Ministers following Kenya’s former Secretary General , Dr. Peter Mathuki, being appointed as Kenya’s ambassador to Russia.

“The EAC Council of Ministers has directed Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Annette Ssemuwemba to perform the duties of the Secretary General of the Community with effect from 16 April 2024 until the appointment and assumption of duty by the new Secretary General,” the Secretariat said in a recent statement.

Ssemuwemba assumed her new role on April 16, 2024. She previously oversaw customs, trade, and monetary affairs at EAC, and also served as the Deputy Executive Director at the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization, where she was responsible for the design of projects and programmes to support the least developed countries (LDC) trade capacity development.

A holder of a Masters in Business Administration, Ssemuwemba was previously the Chief Strategy and Results Officer and member of the Senior Leadership team at TradeMark East Africa now Trade Mark Africa.

She is an international development professional with over 20 years of experience in international trade and development, primarily trade policy formulation, regional integration, trade facilitation and trade-related capacity-building at national and regional levels.

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