Chabuka Kawesha, immediate past president of Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) has been elected Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) Vice President, Southern Africa.
This occurred during the just ended PACCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in August 2023 that witnessed the election of new office bearers.
In a statement issued in Lusaka by ZACCI Secretariat on Tuesday, the organization said Kawesha became the first Zambian to sit on Africa’s apex private sector body with 60 percent votes followed by Namibia’s Bisey Uirab who garnered 30 percent and also made it on the newly elected PACCI Executive Council team.
The statement said of the five blocks that make up the PACCI board, that is, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa and Western Africa; the Southern and Eastern Africa regions had the highest number of candidates totaling six each.
“For the Southern Africa block, Chabuka from Zambia took the Vice Presidency, while Bisey from Namibia took a seat on the Executive Council. Each region can only elect two representatives to the PACCI executive council for the next term running up to 2025,” it said.
It also stated that the PACCI Presidency went to Ali Adji Mahamat Seid from Chad while the other vice-presidential slots went to Albert Yuma Mulimbi from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Olive Kigongo from Uganda and Arouna Kamilu from Benin.
PACCI Executive Director, Kebour Ghenna, congratulated Kawesha on his election to the PACCI Executive Council.
“Your dedication and commitment to advancing our organization’s mission are greatly appreciated and we are excited to have you as a part of our leadership team,” Ghenna said.
Kawesha thanked both PACCI and the Southern Africa block countries which included Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe for the support.
He looked forward to working closely with the Private Sector from the important markets through respective Chambers to achieve shared vision for PACCI’s growth and impact.
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