Vera Songwe of Cameroon Appointed as Executive Secretary of ECA by UN Secretary-General

Vera Songwe was appointed as one of the three women regional executive secretaries to fill the recently vacated regional positions.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations released this week his choices for the three recently vacated regional positions and maintained one other executive secretary in another region.

It is noteworthy to know that three of the four regional executive secretaries are women.

Vera Songwe who was the Regional Director since 2015 in Africa covering Central and West Africa for the International Finance Corporation was selected as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission on Africa (ECA).

Ms. Songwe is also Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute: Global Development and Africa Growth Initiative since 2011.

She has a respected track record of policy advice and results-oriented execution in the region which brought her to be selected to this current position. Ms. Songwe also has a very strong tactical vision for the region.

Ms. Vera Songwe was formerly Country Director for Senegal, The Gambia, Cape Verde, Mauritania and Guinea Bissau at the World Bank (2012 to 2015), Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Europe, Africa, and Central Asia and South Asia Regions (2008 to 2011), and Lead Country Sector Coordinator (2005 to 2008).

The other two women chosen with Ms. Songwe are Olga Algayerova of Slovakia appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe and Shamhad Akhtar of Pakistan retained as Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

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