Ms. Christina Zakeyo - Director of Trade

Ms. Christina Zakeyo is a trade economist with over 12 years of experience in trade policy formulation, implementation and analysis. She is currently the Director of Trade at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. She holds Master of Customs Administration from the University of Muenster, Germany and Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Economics from the University of Malawi – Chancellor College. She also holds a Diploma in Trade Policy obtained from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She progressed from the position of a Trade Officer at the Ministry from 2001 to the current position of a Director since 2013. Her overall responsibility is the formulation, analysis and implementation of trade policy in Malawi.

 

She has leadership and staff management skills, currently managing two sections namely domestic and foreign trade sections with substantial staff members. She also led the formulation of Malawi National Export Strategy, Diagnostics Trade Integration Study (DTIS) and development of business licensing act and regulations, amongst others. She is currently providing leadership in the implementation of the Access to Markets component of the strategy.

 

Other specific expertise includes overseeing trade negotiations and management at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.  She has led bilateral trade negotiations and the negotiation of Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) Programmes with a number of countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique amongst others. Currently she spearheads trade negotiations and implementation follow-ups under COMESA and SADC, Tripartite and African Union levels, amongst others. She also coordinates activities and programmes relating to the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) European Union (EU) Cooperation.

At multilateral level, she is involved in trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by defending Malawi’s interests as well as overseeing implementation of the WTO commitments by Malawi.

 

She also has expertise in project formulation, management and implementation. She leads the coordination and implementation of trade-related technical assistance programmes and projects including the Multi-donor Aid for Trade Enhanced Integrated Framework(EIF) Programme. She is the Focal Point for the Project in Malawi. She facilitated the development of Tier two projects that are supporting anchor farming of NES products and the setting up of marketing office by Malawi Investment and Trade Center (MITC) in Tete, Mozambique. Under the same project, she works with other key institutions in facilitating trade mainstreaming into sectoral strategies.

 

She is currently spearheading the updating of Malawi’s Trade Policy and the AGOA Strategy and championing the development of Trade facilitation instruments particularly the National Single Window, One Stop Boarder Post and Integrated Boarder Management.

 

She coordinates and facilitates public and private dialogues through the National Working Group on Trade Policy (NWGTP, trade missions and surveys to strategic markets for Malawi.