By Rita Kemigisa
The East African Community Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko has today taken over the Chairmanship of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Task Force.
He takes over from Dr. Stergomena Tax, the SADC Executive Secretary, who oversaw the work of the Tripartite from July 2015 to October 2016.
Addressing Members of the Council, Directors and senior officials from the COMESA, EAC and SADC Member States at the hand-over ceremony held in the Kenya capital Nairobi, Amb.Mfumukeko, commended his predecessor for the exemplary leadership during the period of the Tripartite, especially given the resource constraints.
The Secretary General also noted that there were many hurdles to be overcome in meeting the clear priorities the Tripartite Council had set and he prioritized resource mobilization:
The main focus during the SADC Chairmanship was to lead the TTF to facilitate implementation of the directives of the 3rd Tripartite Summit following the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area on 10th June 2015 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt,