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    Executive Secretary

    The SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax,  a national of the United Republic of Tanzania is the 6th Executive Secretary and 1st female Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). She was appointed by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government during its 33rd meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, and was sworn in on August 18,2013.

    Academic Credentials

    •  Doctoral Phil. International Developments, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, April 1997 – 2002;
    • M.Phil. Policy Management and Development Economics, University of Tsukuba, Tshukuba, Japan, April 1995 – March 1997;
    •  Degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), University of Dar es Salaam, July,1987, March, 1991;
    •  Diploma in Business Administration, 1984 – 1985.

    Work Experience

    • Permanent Secretary; Ministry of East African Cooperation, November, 2008 to August, 2013;
    • Permanent Secretary; Ministry of Trade, Industry and Marketing, December, 2006 to November, 2008;
    • Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, January, 2006 to November 2007;
    • Chief Executive Officer, in the President’s Office, Planning and Privatization, the Better Regulation Unit – The Business Environment Strengthening Programme for Tanzania (BEST), October, 2004 to May, 2006;
    • Coordinator Commissioned studies, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), May 2002 – October, 2004;
    • Ministry of Finance, Tanzania, May, 1991 – April, 2002, Finance Management Officer 1991-92, Officer-in-charge for World Bank Desk 1993, Officer-in-charge for Arab Funds – i.e. Kuwait Fund, Saudi Funds, OPEC Funds, 1994, Officer-in- charge of SADC and UNDP Desks, 1995;
    • Center for Foreign Relation – under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations May, 1993 – 1995, Part-time lecture, lecturing International Negotiations Techniques.

    Areas of Key Competence/Skills/Experience

    • Regional integration (Led and participated in numerous region integration issues/programmes (economic, social and politics);
    • Negotiations (Led and participated in a number of bilateral, regional, multilateral negotiations);
    • Trade, Finance, Planning and Budgeting;
    • Private Sector Development;
    • Policy analysis, formulation, implementation and reviews; and
    • Programme design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.