Ms Beatrice Kiraso, the new Director appointed for ECA’s subregional office in South Africa (SRO-SA) has reported for duties, substantively filling a position that has been vacant for close to two years.
An Economist by training, Ms Kiraso, a Ugandan national, brings considerable expertise and experience spanning over 20 years in finance, budgeting, procurement and regional integration.
She served as Deputy Secretary General for the East African Community (EAC), specifically appointed to fast track the integration process towards a political federation, a position she will have held for six years before joining ECA.
Ms Kiraso was an elected Member of Parliament in Uganda for ten years from 1996-2006 where she served in several capacities including as Chairperson of the Budget Committee and Chairperson of Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Previous to this, she worked as Procurement Manager and Finance Officer at the then Government Central Purchasing Corporation and Ministry of Finance respectively.
She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, USA and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Makerere University in Uganda.
Her vision for ECA, in particular SRO-SA is to position it as a key resource centre that offers policy options. "In the coming 2-3 years, I believe ECA-SA will be at the centre of the tripartite agenda of SADC, COMESA and EAC, offering researched data to guide the process”, she said. ECA will also spearhead a bench-marking exercise to establish the various capacities of the different agencies involved in integration in order to minimize duplication of efforts and get maximum value for money. "ECA should be a great resource, working with AU and regional communities in order to realise the goal of an African Free Trade Area" she added.
Ms Kiraso feels equipped for her new role drawing from her vast experience at the helm of the integration process at EAC, which is a customs union also implementing a common market while negotiating a monetary union and strengthening its political integration process. "It is through such initiatives at the sub-regional level that Africa will develop its own internal capacity to enhance production, competitiveness, value addition and employment creation as well as become one large market and investment zone."
Welcomed by SRO-SA staff, Ms Kiraso expressed appreciation to Mr Sizo Mhlanga who held forte as the Officer-in-Charge of the Office for a supportive and helpful hand towards her transition from EAC to ECA.
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