Office of the Executive Secretary | SACU

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Office of the Executive Secretary

The Office of the Executive Secretary is responsible for overall leadership and strategic management and coordination of the implementation of the SACU Strategic Plan, as approved by the Council. It is also responsible for:

  1. implementation, reviewing and monitoring of the SACU Strategic Plan 2022 - 2027;
  2. oversight of the operations of the Secretariat and ensuring the implementation of the priorities and overall work programme of SACU as well as the planning and execution of the Annual Business Plan and Budget; 
  3. strategic engagements to strengthen and build partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders. These will include engagement with the Members of the Council, the private sector on the implementation of the refocused Work Programme; 
  4. organisation and coordination of the quarterly Meetings of the institutions of SACU as well as the annual Summit and ensuring the timely execution and implementation of the decisions thereof; and
  5. coordination of the risk management function in the Secretariat. 


The Legal Unit provides legal services to the SACU Secretariat, the institutions of SACU and the SACU Member States. The functions of the Legal Unit are providing legal advice on the interpretation and implementation of the SACU Agreement, 2002(as amended in 2013), and its Annexes, to ensure that the provisions thereof are upheld, administer the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and SACU, and provide legal advice and support on all SACU institutions matters.

Internal Audit

The role of the Internal Audit Unit is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the Secretariat’s and other SACU institutions’ operations. It helps the Secretariat and other SACU institutions to accomplish their objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. The responsibilities and scope of work of the Internal Audit Unit are defined by the Finance and Audit Committee as part of its oversight function.


The Communications Unit’s role is to ensure implementation of a standardised and efficient internal and external communication frameworks to segmented stakeholders by disseminating information on the role and mandate of SACU and the implementation of the SACU Strategic Plan. The Communications Unit is responsible for implementing publicity and raising awareness on the SACU brand and the strategic priorities in the Member States and beyond. The Unit also facilitates and promotes effective communications among internal stakeholders and coordinates various staff wellness activities.

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