The 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union has re-elected Zambia’s Ambassador Albert Mudenda Muchanga as new Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining.
He polled 44 votes from the 53 Member States that voted.
Ambassador Muchanga was re-elected at the 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government on Saturday, 6th February, 2021.
Ambassador Muchanga is currently African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry.
He previously served as Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union. He was also Zambia’s Ambassador to Brazil. He also served as Permanent Secretary and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Ambassador Muchanga has provided strategic leadership in facilitating negotiation, conclusion and ratification of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which entered into force on 30th May 2019 and whose operation phase was launched on 7th July, 2019.
In addition, Ambassador Muchanga has provided similar leadership on matters of trade, industrialisation, mining and customs cooperation.
This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary Press and Tourism Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza at the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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