The Executive Secretary of ECA, Ms. Vera Songwe, visited the facilities of the Knowledge and Library Services Section (KLSS) on 29 August 2017.
Accompanying her in the visit were Chief of Staff Mr. Collen Kelapile and Director of PIKMD Mr. Jimmy Ocitti. Ms. Irene Onyancha, Chief of KLSS is seen here briefing Ms. Songwe on the existing resources and facilities of the Library as well as its upcoming redesign project to make it a state-of-the-art knowledge commons facility.
Ms. Songwe was appointed in April 2017 by United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres.
The Cameroonian economist and banking executive is the first woman to ever serve in this role.
Ms. Songwe has been working as the International Finance Corporation’s regional director for Africa covering West and Central Africa since 2015. She was 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.
Ms. 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).