Former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission and former Secretary-General of the common market. He holds an M.A Economics from York University in Canada; B.A Honors in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya
Mr. Mwencha has been closely associated with the development of COMESA and its predecessor the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) for Eastern and Southern Africa right from its inception. Mr. Mwencha was particularly instrumental in the establishment of some COMESA‘s specialized institutions: i.e the Court of Justice, the Clearing House, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), the PTA Reinsurance Company (ZEPRE) and the Leather and Leather Products Institute. He served as the Interim Managing Director and CEO of a more recent COMESA specialized institution: The African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI-ACA), launched in 2001. He has also been involved in WTO and EPA negotiations.