Ambassador Tswelopele Cornelia Moremi, is the first resident Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the Federal Republic of Germany following the opening of the Embassy in Berlin in 2013.

Ambassador Moremi’s public service career spans over thirty-five years’ experience in Executive and Leadership positions within the public service of the Government of the Republic of Botswana at the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Trade and Industry respectively and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia.

Ambassador Moremi started her carrier at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in 1978 and progressed to the senior position of the Coordinator of Rural Development Programmes, where she was part of the Senior Management Team of the Ministry. In 1993, she was promoted to Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the highest ranking administrative position, thus making her the second female to be appointed Permanent Secretary. During her 10-year tenure as Permanent Secretary (1993-2003), Ms. Moremi was Chief Policy Advisor of the Ministry, successfully facilitating policy and legislation development in the field of trade and industry, business, wildlife and tourism. Notably, she led the initiative to restructure the Ministry of Commerce and Industry resulting in the establishment of two separate ministries: Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism respectively.

Before her appointment as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary, Ms Moremi served as founding Executive Secretary of the Southern African Customs Union Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia from 2004 to 2014. Under her leadership, the SACU Secretariat was established as a reputable regional organisation, coordinating all customs-related matters for Member States.

In her capacity as Executive Secretary, Ambassador Moremi assumed responsibility for the implementation of the SACU Agreement, which was renegotiated in 2002. She established the Secretariat with the help of qualified professional staff and through the use of technical excellence. The new Revenue Sharing Formula was implemented, coordinating SACU’s trade negotiations, and advising on the implementation of key regional policies.

Under her visionary leadership, Ambassador Moremi also established networks with other regional and international organisations to profile SACU and its Member States.