ACTESA gets new Director of Trade
Mr. George J. Magai, a Malawian national, has been appointed as the Director Trade and Markets for the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) (a Specialised Agency of COMESA) says the COMESA in a press release. He was previously at the Rural Livelihoods and Economic Enhancement Programme/International Fund for Agriculture Development (RLEEP-IFAD) were he served most recently as Agribusiness & Value Chain Advisor. Prior to that, he was the Agribusiness and Value Chain Advisor/Consultant overseeing the Agricultural Commercialization Fund, Malawi. Other positions previously held include: Chief Executive Officer – Sub Regional Secretariat, Women in Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance (WASAA). He has also worked with ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics as Advisor/Consultant, Kenya and Citizen’s Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA) and Rural Market Development Trust (RUMARK) as Country Director/Managing Director.
Mr. Magai is an Agricultural Economist and brings more than 20 years of working experience as a value chain facilitator. In addition, he has experience in developing models and tools to improve efficiency throughout the agricultural marketing chain, that is from producers to end-markets through agro-dealer development and related networks. His work has seen him exploring farmer market linkages working to offer opportunities for improving smallholders’ marketing. He has also been well involved in championing women empowerment initiatives in the Southern African Region and has a proven track record of building capacities for better engagement in the multilateral trading systems, such as the Agricultural Commodity Exchanges in Africa or SAFEX in South Africa. Furthermore, Mr. Magai’s work has seen him leverage the power of private enterprise to find the best route to sustainable, market-based development solutions.
Additionally, Mr. Magai was instrumental in developing and designing the Malawi Agricultural Platform (MAP) which was established in 2008 in partnership with several NGO’s, private sector, civil societies, government and other stakeholders to provide a platform for dialoguing amongst Agricultural stakeholders. His broad experience in technical, administration and management has enabled him to raise policy issues affecting the agriculture sector in order to facilitate the development of platforms where all stakeholders can dialogue in a bid to develop, improve and implement transformative policies in Eastern and Southern Africa.
In line with one of ACTESA’s objectives namely; improving and expanding market facilities, Mr. Magai will spearhead and over-see the enhancement of trade and markets in the region for smallholder farmers’ access to lucrative and sustainable end-markets which will translate to improved market access and thereby improving household incomes.
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