International Trade, Policy advocacy, Strategic planning, Capacity Building
Rebecca is an International Trade Expert who recently worked as a Project Manager at the Faculty of Commerce and Management (FCM) at the University of Dar es Salaam and as a Trade Analyst/Consultant to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing (MITM). She also serves as a trade expert in the Non-State Actors (NSA) Coordinating Committee under the European Union (EU)/Ministry of Finance (MoF) NSA programme support in the framework of ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement. Previously, she provided technical expertise in inter-institutional technical teams in Tanzania under the Integrated Framework (IF) and WTO Joint Integrated Technical Assistance Program (JITAP). She is also engaged in the Civil Society trade processes for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in Tanzania as a member of the technical experts' team. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance, a Master of Arts in International Trade from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI).
She has extensive knowledge in trade policy analysis and negotiations. She participated in multilateral trade negotiation as one of the Tanzanian delegates during the 5th WTO Cancun Ministerial Conference and the 6th Hong Kong Ministerial Conference as NGO representative. She is a trainer in the areas of Trade Policy, regional and international trade agreements and negotiations. She has conducted trainings at the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI), administered foundation short courses at the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA), been an instructor for the Masters of International Trade at the Faculty of Commerce and Management, University of Dar es Salaam and conducted training sessions for NGOs.
Rebecca has carried out research and offered consultancy services for a wide range of areas related to External Debt, Trade, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Poverty Reduction Strategies. She has written extensively and made presentations at national and international fora in the areas of Trade, External Debt management, PRSP, trade with respect to SMEs, the Cotonou Agreement, EPAs, World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements, TRIPs, and the Integrated Framework Technical Assistance. In the past, Rebecca was the National Coordinator of a Debt Coalition of Civil Societies and of Citizen’s Global Platform and worked as a Programme Officer for various NGOs including the Tanzania Gender Network Program (TGNP) and Tanzania Social Economic Trust (TASOET). She facilitated civil society and grassroots participation in the national and international policy processes as well as Civil Society/Government dialogues. She is a member of Board of Trustees of the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) based in Harare, and a Board member of University of DSM Faculty of Commerce and Management Alumni Association. She also served as a treasurer of the Executive Committee of Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO) in 2002/2005.