Outgoing ECA Head Honoured for Service to Africa

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has honoured Carlos Lopes for his role in promoting the development of Ethiopia and Africa at large.

The outgoing Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was with the UN for 28 years. He is largely acknowledged for his intellectual contribution to Africa’s development agenda through bold thinking and fearless interventions.

Lopes was presented with a certificate by the Ethiopian State Minister for administrative matters, Yonas Yosef.

“We really felt the need to draw attention to the wonderful work you have done in Ethiopia and Africa,” said Yosef. “You initiated exemplary collaborative work with Ethiopia at all levels and also did a great job in promoting Ethiopia’s development and success stories within and beyond the country.”

Lopes thanked the government and people of Ethiopia for the recognition and pledged to continue working with them.

“I know that I will continue to be very much attached to Ethiopia and engage in Ethiopia’s development debates,” he said. “I will continue to study, promote and propagate the innovations happening in Ethiopia.”

Lopes who joined ECA in 2012 is stepping down at the end of October.

During his tenure, the United Nations General Assembly granted the ECA $57 million in support of the renovation and preservation of the historic Africa Hall within the UN compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan praised him for his laudable, bold and engaging leadership; advocacy for the structural transformation of African economies; and effective regional integration.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said in a video message to Lopes: “You have brought the commission of vision premised on ‘Africa First’, with a view to steer Africa’s own development path as well allow the African continent to tell and own, as you always say, its own narrative. Congratulations on a wonderful tour of duty.”

Heads of State and luminaries from the continent including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Namibian President Hage Geingob and African Union Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha also commended Lopes for his exemplary work and great legacy.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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