Charles James Kambauwa - Principal Secretary II for Industry and Trade

Appointed Principal Secretary II for the Ministry of Industry and Trade in April, 2014, Mr. Charles James Kambauwa brings with him a wealth of experience in diplomacy and negotiations having served for most time of his career in the Civil Service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation where he held several positions. His responsibilities at the Ministry of Industry and Trade include supervising and providing direction to Directors as they execute their respective mandates towards the realization of the Ministry’s overall mandate which is to promote industry, trade and private sector development for sustainable economic growth. He has an Economics background with a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina A&T State University, United States of America and a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) degree from Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

 

Before joining the Ministry of Industry and Trade on 26th May, 2014, Mr. Kambauwa served as Director for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, a position he held for two years. As Director for International Cooperation, he was responsible for promoting and safeguarding Malawi’s social-economic interests through bilateral and multilateral engagements with other countries and international organizations within the context of Malawi’s Foreign Policy whose thrust is development diplomacy. His mandate mainly focused on facilitation and promotion of trade, investment and tourism and active mobilization of aid with favorable terms.

 

As Director for International Cooperation, Mr. Kambauwa was the anchor person in establishing as well as implementing cooperation frameworks including Joint Permanent Commissions of Cooperation (JPCC) with other countries. His Department served as Malawi’s National Contact Point (NCP) for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) programmes. He, therefore, acted as a liaison point for line ministries and the SADC Secretariat on all matters for the regional grouping and other regional integration programmes and where necessary offer guidance.

Mr. Kambauwa rose through the ranks in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation having joined the Civil Service in 1980 and the Ministry in April, 1987 and later the same year posted to Malawi Embassy where he served for ten years as First Secretary responsible for Economic Affairs. He has also served as Deputy Director for Economic Planning in-charge of Strategic Planning and Analysis in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development where, among other activities, he was involved in the development of Malawi’s development framework, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS).

 

Other positions that Mr. Kambauwaa has held include: Executive Director of the Common Fund for Commodities representing Malawi and Sierra Leone; Head of Unit, African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Ministry of Economic Planning and Development; Project Coordinator, African Capacity Building Foundation Project, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development; Chairperson, National Development Cluster Negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern African States (ESA) and the European Commission; Member, Task force to Develop the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS); Chairperson, Internal Implementation Committee of the Functional Review Recommendations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and Chairperson, Strategic Plan Task-force, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.