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Vera Songwe appointed Uneca executive secretary

United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has appointed Vera Songwe as United Nations Economic Commission (Uneca) executive secretary (ES).

The Cameroonian economist and banking executive, who succeeds Carlos Lopes, is the first woman to ever serve in this role.

New Uneca ES: Songwe

In a brief statement announcing the appointment, Uneca said 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).

“She brings to the position a longstanding track record of policy advice and results oriented implementation in the region, coupled with a strong strategic vision for the region,” the statement reads in part.

Songwe was previously country director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania at the World Bank (2012-2015), adviser to the managing director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions (2008-2011) and lead country sector coordinator (2005-2008). nn

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