Southern Times Writer
Windhoek – Regional leaders, meeting at the 41st Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, have appointed Botswana’s Mr Elias Magosi as the bloc’s Executive Secretary for a four-year term.
The appointment came on the Summit’s opening day on August 17, 2021. The SADC Executive Secretary is responsible for strategic planning, co-ordination and management of the organisation’s programmes.
Mr Magosi succeeds Dr Stergomena Tax of Tanzania, who completed her second and final four-year term at the Summit that is being held in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Mr Magosi was up for the post against Professor Faustin Mukela, a senior World Trade Organisation official from the DRC.
In a series of tweets announcing the appointment and congratulating the new SADC Executive Secretary, the Government of Botswana said, “SADC Summit has (on Tuesday) endorsed the appointment of Elias Mpedi Magosi as the new Executive Secretary.
“Mr Elias Mpedi Magosi is Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) and Head of the Botswana Public Service, as well as Secretary to Botswana Cabinet. Since April 2021 he has been serving as Acting Ambassador at large under the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation.
“He has a wealth of experience and requisite leadership competencies gained in executive management in both the public and private sectors, as well as within international organisations.
“Prior to being appointed PSP, Mr Magosi served as Deputy Permanent to the President, from May 2018 to February 2020. Mr Magosi also served previously as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, (December 2016 to February 2017); and the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, (March 2015 to November 2016). He also served as the Coordinator of Public Service Reforms, Office of the President, from January 2004 to February 2007.”
The Botswana Government went on: “Mr Magosi possesses comprehensive understanding and knowledge about the workings of SADC, having served as the Director of Human Resources and Administration at the SADC Secretariat, from March 2017 to April 2018.”