In Focus: The Role of SADC in Promoting Regional Integration

In Focus: The Role of SADC in Promoting Regional Integration

Interview with the Executive Secretary of SADC, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax

Date: May 18, 2016

Guest: H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax

This episode of In Focus interviews H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on it's role in promoting regional integration and therefore sustainable development.

H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax

Executive Secretary, SADC

H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, a national of the United Republic of Tanzania, is the sixth Executive Secretary, and first female Executive Secretary, of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), following her appointment in August 2013.

She has led and participated in numerous regional integration, bilateral, as well as multilateral processes, programmes and negotiations, and has contributed to the development and implementation of continental and global developmental agendas. In the area of peace and security, she has coordinated and led a number of SADC conflict prevention, resolution and mediation processes, as well as democracy consolidation processes. She has expertise and experience in regional integration (socio-economic; politics, peace and security); trade and industrial development; finance; investment and private sector development. She has successfully led the development and implementation of SADC blueprints.

She graduated in Doctoral Phil. International Developments and M.Phil. Policy Management and Development Economics from University of Tsukuba in Japan. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Diploma in Business Administration, attained at the University of Dar-es-Salaam.