Ambassador Joseph Andre Nourrice of the Republic of Seychelles was on 17th August 2018 sworn-in before the Chief Justice of the Republic of Namibia, His Lordship Peter Shivute as the new Deputy Executive Secretary-Corporate Affairs (DES-CA), taking over from Ms. Emilie Ayaza Mushobekwa whose eight-year term of office comes to an end in October 2018.
The 38th SADC Summit appointed Ambassador Nourrice, following interviews conducted on 29 May 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana by the Panel comprising the SADC Double Troika Members, namely: Angola, Eswatini, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
The SADC Summit expressed its gratitude to the outgoing Deputy Executive Secretary –Corporate Affairs, Ms. Emilie Ayaza Mushobekwa for her dedicated service to the Secretariat. Ms. Mushobekwa, a national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was appointed by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in August 2010, in Windhoek, Namibia.
The SADC Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob and Executive Secretary H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax congratulated and welcomed Ambassador Nourrice to the SADC family, saying they are looking forward to his service in advancing SADC Regional Integration Agenda.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, President Danny Faure, witnessed the swearing-in of the Ambassador Nourrice. The new SADC DES-CA has work experience spanning over forty years. He served as Resident High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa and non-resident Ambassador to Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, COMESA as well as Designate Ambassador to SADC. Ambassador Nourrice has also served as Ambassador to the African Union with residence in Addis Ababa and, most recently, as Seychelles Ambassador to Havana, Cuba.
The Deputy Executive Secretary-Corporate Affairs is responsible for administrative elements of the SADC Secretariat which include overseeing the functions of the directorate of Budget and Finance; directorate of Human Resources and Administration; Procurement Unit; and Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Unit.