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 EZULWINI – Zodwa Mabuza, the former CEO of FSE&CC, will be joining the African Development Bank as Regional Integration Officer next week.   

This was disclosed by MTN Brand Ambassador Phumelele Motsa during the Competitive Seminar convened by Swazi MTN in partnership with the Government of Eswatini at the company’s headquarters yesterday.
Motsa said the country was grateful to Mabuza whose involvement, passion and dedication to disseminating information on how local businesses could maximise on both regional and international trade agreement where the kingdom was signatory could be not be overemphasised.

“She (Mabuza) is preparing to leave for a new appointment as a regional integration coordinator at African Development Bank in Cote d’Ivoire in the next week,” Motsa disclosed. 
Mabuza started her career as an Economist working for the government in various ministries.

The trade expert joined the Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce (FSE &CC) in 2004 as Director for Trade and Commerce.

In 2006 she became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the same organisation until April 2013. In May 2013 she joined the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa as Coordinator for the Tripartite FTA.
Zodwa has represented Swaziland in various trade negotiations and currently serves on various boards, including the Trade Law Centre and Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

“This is a true reflection of living by the principle that John F Kennedy once expressed in his famous quote “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,” said Motsa.
Motsa appreciated Mabuza for taking time to participate in the region, which arose from the desire to make a meaningful contribution to the economy of the Kingdom of Eswatini through equipping the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector with the information they need to succeed.

He said they saw fair trade agreements becoming a global phenomenon, with the recently signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by the European Union involving 28 countries.
“Closer to home we have: The SACU deal; The Tripartite Free Trade Agreement; and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement,” he added.
Mabuza when asked about how she feels on the recent task, she only said: “I will be at home, more especially because I will still be dealing with regional integration issues.”

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