The CBC Board and Management today announced that Ms. Sandra Uwera will be stepping down from the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after 12 years of service. Ms. Uwera will formally step down on the 20th of April 2022. The Board has commenced the search for a new CEO, and has put in place solid systems and processes for the acting CEO to manage the institution in the interim.
Sandra has driven a great legacy of growth and sustainability, having passionately championed CBC’s operations after its establishment.
She joined the CBC in 2010, at a time when fragmented private sector players in the then nineteen countries that made up COMESA (now twenty-one), made a strong call for a regional organisation to be established as the voice of business - to advocate for, and participate in the development of industry driven policies and programs within the region.
Under her leadership, CBC has grown to a fully-fledged COMESA institution with funds mobilized to the tune of over US$17 million from both development partners and the private sector, towards policy, business and capacity development agendas. Today, CBC is one of the leading Business Member Organizations in Africa, representing 34 business sectors in twenty-one countries. CBC has gained an international footprint, working closely with various regional and international partners in the public, private and development space.
CBC has directly contributed to and driven over 40 policy agendas over the past 12 years that have been adopted at the regional level; strengthened numerous technical capacities of enterprises and corporates; and informed investments within COMESA and in international markets through our partnerships. To date, CBC presents innovative products and services that are tailor-made to the needs of its members and stakeholders.
The future for CBC is very exciting, as the institution moves towards driving the interests of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through Digital Financial Inclusion; championing the voice of manufacturers in productive capacity, strengthened distribution channels, promoting Origin Africa Products; and raising the flag of the agroindustry sector to secure investments and partnerships that will make Africa the next food basket of the world. CBC’s focus will also address trade facilitation matters with a vision of strengthening the flow of goods and services across our markets. As the CBC Board and Management, we are proud to be at the helm of championing such an Agenda.
Sandra’s contribution to the growth and sustainability of the CBC is highly appreciated. We believe we shall be working closely with her, as she takes on a new role in the international private sector development arena. The Board has appointed Mr. Dickson Poloji, as the Acting CEO of the COMESA Business Council.
An update on the announcement of the new CEO will be shared in due course.
Mr. Marday Venkatasmy, Board President
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