It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Mwansa James Musonda one of our Trade Policy, Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration expert in the SADC and COMESA region.

Our work with James goes back to 1998, when he was a member of the team that launched the COMESA Free Trade Area. Most recently he we was our team lead on a study on the future of AGOA, commissioned by the African Union Commission, presented to African Ministers of Trade in December last year.

James was a true champion for regional trade and development across the continent. His legacy and contribution towards shaping Africa trade and regional integration agenda will be greatly cherished.

A true gentleman, he was always warm and generous and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family. We have lost a great colleague and friend.