A Gambian national, Dr Omar Alieu Touray is the new President of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) for a four-year term, the Commission has announced.
Dr Touray takes over from Jean-Claude Kassi Brou of Ivory Coast, whose four-year tenure has ended.
Dr Touray has a PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He also studied Finance and Islamic Finance at the IE Business School in Madrid.
He is a diplomat and development professional. Before his appointment with ECOWAS, he worked with the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah.
For several years he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Gambia to the African Union. He was Permanent Representative Designate to the United Nations in New York and was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the country.
He also worked as Regional Policy Advisor at the Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa (ODN) of the United Nations World Food Programme, and as consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Development Programme Gambia Country Office and the Commission of the African Union.
The ECOWAS made other statutory management appointments that include Damtien L. Tchintchibidja, Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, Prof. Nazifi Abdullahi Darma, Commissioner for Internal Services, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security, Mme Massandjé Toure-Litse, Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Mr. Sédiko Douka, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalisation and João Alage Mamadu Fadiá, Auditor-General.
ECOWAS is a regional bloc of some 15 countries close to each other, and mostly sharing borders. The countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Benin and Cape Verde.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
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