The Governing Council is composed of the Directors General of the 24 Member states of the ESA region. The Governing Council meets once every year.
The 23rd Governing Council held in Kigali, Rwanda on the 3rd and 4th May 2018.
Delegates of the 22nd ESA Governing Council, hosted by Uganda Revenue Administration in May, 2017. On the front row, from left to right are: Mr Jed Michaletos, Chief Officer: Customs, South Africa Revenue Services, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, World Customs Organization Secretary General, Mr. Patrick Ochila, representing the Chief Guest and Minister for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Ms. Doris Akol, Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority, Mr. Tom Moyane, ESA Regional Vice Chair and Commissioner for Customs, South Africa, Mr. Phodiso P. Valashia , Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Botswana Unified Revenue Service and Mr. Dicksons Kateshumbwa, Commissioner for Customs, Uganda Revenue Authority.
The WCO Secretary General, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, attended the 21st ESA Governing Council, hosted by Lesotho Revenue Administration in May, 2016.