UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General Isabelle Durant of Belgium will act upon the resignation of the body’s boss Dr Mukhisa Kituyi on February 15.
In a note to correspondents on January 20, UNCTAD said it had launched a recruitment process, in consultation with member states, to find a successor to Kituyi.
“Ms. Durant will be granted all the necessary support to ensure a smooth transition,” the note said.
Kituyi announced he would resign from his position with effect from February 15 2021 on January 15.
UNCTAd said it is grateful for Kituyi’s service and his commitment for the remainder of his term to the functions entrusted to him as an international civil servant of the United Nations.
“During his tenure UNCTAD advanced work on trade, investment, finance and technology, offering solutions to the major challenges facing developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable nations,” the statement said.
Durant joined UNCTAD in July 2017. Prior, she served as Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Transport and Energy for four years.
Born in Belgium in 1954, she holds a Masters of Science in Economic and Social Policy from the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL). She is married and has 3 children.
Kituyi has also been awarded for his “tremendous contribution to the conceptualization, development and launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area”, under which trading commenced on January 1.
He was awarded during a ceremony at the African Union Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The former Trade minister in Kenya was recognised for his contribution to the AfCFTA process – from supporting negotiations to offering technical advice.
He has announced his interest in the presidency.