UN appoints first female Executive Secretary of ECA

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[UN]–The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has appointed Ms Vera Songwe as the first female Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

A statement on the commision’s website on Monday said that Songwe is a Cameroonian economist and a banking executive.

It also said that she was the first woman ever to be appointed to the position.

The commission said she would be bringing to the position a longstanding track record of policy advice and result oriented implementation in the region, coupled with a strong strategic vision for the region

Songwe has been working as the International Finance Corporation’s regional director for Africa covering West and Central Africa since 2015.

She is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institute: Global Development and Africa Growth Initiative (since 2011).

Songwe was previously Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania at the World Bank (2012-2015).

She was also the Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South Asia Regions (2008-2011) and Lead Country Sector Coordinator (2005-2008).

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