H.E. Sindiso Ngwenya

Secretary General, COMESA


Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya is the fifth Secretary-General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) since it was transformed from the PTA in 1994. He brings with him over 30 years of service in industry, regional and multilateral levels covering the public sector, private sector and quasi-government institutions.

Before his appointment, Mr. Ngwenya was the Assistant Secretary General of COMESA in charge of Programmes a position he held for ten years. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of COMESA programmes. In addition, he oversaw and supervised the operations of COMESA established institutions such as the Leather and Leather Product Institute (LLPI), the Clearing House and the Regional Investment Agency.

In industry, Mr Ngwenya was involved in the design and implementation of programmes and projects in the road, airline and railway sectors. At the regional level, he was instrumental in the formulation of the PTA (now COMESA) regional integration programmes culminating in the launch of the COMESA Free Trade Area on 31st October 2000. He also worked on the establishment of COMESA specialized institutions, such as, the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), the COMESA Clearing House and the PTA Re-Insurance Company (ZEP-RE). He was also part of the team that crafted the COMESA Treaty and oversaw the transformation of the PTA into COMESA in 1994.

His personal mission is to contribute to sustainable social and economic development and uplifting the living standards of Africa’s populace through regional co-operation and integration to transform and modernize economies of COMESA member states individually and collectively with the ultimate objective of realizing the African Economic Community under the auspices of the African Union. He has edited two books on transport and communications and public service and is a regular contributor to several publications on economic cooperation and integration. He has also won many awards in recognition of his contribution to social and economic development and regional integration. In 2010 he was the winner of the Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change award in the Government category and was cited by Judges for ” His dedication to poverty eradication and equitable development in Africa through enabling broader markets by business. Through his leadership, a future is being crafted out for Africa that looks promising “

Mr. Ngwenya was born on 16 April 1951. He is married with three children. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography and a Master of Science in Transportation and Traffic Planning.