1. Former Minister of Jammeh
Appointed President of the ECOWAS Commission at the end of the Accra summit on July 3, the Gambian Omar Alieu Touray is a seasoned diplomat, who, at only 56 years old, already has a long and rich career behind him.
He was notably Minister of Foreign Affairs under Yahya Jammeh. It was in this capacity that in September 2008, at the UN podium, he delivered a vibrant plea in favor of multilateralism and assured that his country was striving to ensure equality between men and women.
2. After Brou
By assuming the presidency of the Commission, executive arm of the sub-regional organization based in Abuja, Touray succeeds the Ivorian Jean-Claude Brou, who was appointed governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) at the end of a mandate which should have ended at the ECOWAS summit on January 9 but which ultimately lasted six months longer.