Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa since April 2017, announced her resignation to the staff of this UN body during a virtual meeting on August 22. No press release has yet made it official, but his upcoming departure has been confirmed on social networks by several personalities who commented on the announcement.
Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), thus hailed the “dynamism and [la] passion” of the Cameroonian economist “to advance revolutionary policies for Africans across the continent […] in difficult and uncertain times.
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Reacting to the message from the boss of the IMF, the former head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), John Nkengasong, now global coordinator for the fight against AIDS within the American administration and Special Representative for Global Health Issues at the State Department, also welcomed the work by Vera Songwe. “It was a great honor to work closely with [elle] during my tenure at Africa CDC to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa,” he wrote on Twitter.
Thank you @SongweVera for making the impossible achievable! In difficult and uncertain times, you led @ECA_OFFICIAL with drive & passion to advance breakthrough policies for Africans across the continent. I look forward to seeing where your path leads you! https://t.co/Lgj2C9l3NA pic.twitter.com/jpQs8IKffy
— Kristalina Georgieva (@KGeorgieva) August 23, 2022
A situation “become untenable”
What do we know of the real reasons for the departure of the one who is presented as the protege of Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General of the UN? Officially, nothing has leaked out, and Vera Songwe has not responded to requests from Young Africa. Some of her relatives, however, assure that the Cameroonian economist resigned on her own initiative and that she is hardly there. summer constraint.