Two Commonwealth Deputy Secretaries-General assist the Secretary-General in running the Commonwealth Secretariat, which is the central institution of the Commonwealth of Nations. They are assigned an aspect of the Commonwealth's function to address particularly: one to economic affairs and the other to political affairs.
They are elected by the Commonwealth Heads of Government, like the Secretary-General. However, as their terms overlap with those of the Secretary-General, and don't coincide with Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGMs), the Heads of Government are represented through their respective High Commissioners in London.
Currently, the two Deputy Secretaries-General are Jamaica's Ransford Smith (economic) and Botswana's Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba (political), since 2006 and 2008 respectively.
Lists of Deputy Secretaries-General 
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