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Songwe steps down as ECA Executive Secretary

by Haruna Gimba

By Zayamu Hassan

 The United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, has stepped down from her position.

This is effective from September 1, 2022, after five years of dedicated service to ECA and its Member States.

Announcing her decision to step down during a town hall meeting on August 22, Ms. Songwe thanked ECA staff for their team spirit and support during her tenure.

“It has been a privilege to work with you and serve the whole UN system. I cannot express enough my appreciation for the support, encouragement, guidance, patience, and friendship I received throughout these years from you,” said Ms. Songwe.

Under her leadership, ECA played a key role in promoting the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at national, subregional and continental levels; advocating for adequate resources to finance Africa’s COVID-19 recovery initiatives; fostering public-private partnerships; and promoting local manufacturing to ensure sustainable economic growth and reduce growth volatility in Africa.

In a farewell note to staff on August 31, Ms. Songwe said she was “pleased to convey the Secretary-General’s decision to designate Antonio Pedro (ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of Programme Support) as Acting Executive Secretary, beginning September 1, 2022, until further notice.”

 She further urged staff to extend their full support to her successor.

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