Prudence Sebahizi is the Chief Technical Advisor on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Head of the Negotiations Support Unit, a position he has held since August 2016. He provides technical and strategic advice to the Secretary General and to the AfCFTA institutions. He is the overall coordinator of AfCFTA negotiations and coordinates a team of senior experts and advisors on various issues under negotiation.
In 2015-16, prior to his appointment to this position, he was Lead Technical Advisor to the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission, leading a team of experts who provided technical assistance and strategic guidance to more effectively drive the AfCFTA preparatory process.
From 2012-14, Mr Sebahizi worked with civil society organizations. Prior to 2012, he worked with the government of Rwanda for more than 10 years in the areas of international trade and regional integration and, from 2006, as Rwanda’s Chief Negotiator in the negotiations over the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. He was at the centre of Rwanda’s accession to the EAC and he advised the government of Rwanda on regional integration while working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Prudence Sebahizi holds a master’s degree in International Development Policy from Seoul National University, South Korea.