OKACOM Secretariat (OKASEC)
OKACOM's Secretariat had its beginning through the USAID sponsored IRBM Project from 2004 to 2009, which carried out interim secretariat services for the Commission. In May 2007 the member states agreed on an organizational structure for OKACOM that would include a permanent secretariat. It was agreed that Botswana would be the first hosting country for the new secretariat, and the Government of Sweden, through Sida, provided funding for operationalisation of the new body over a three year period. OKACOM's first Executive Secretary was recruited in 2008 and the new offices opened for business in 2009.
In June 2011 the member states provided the first direct funding of the Secretariat from government budgets.