The African Union Commission held a briefing on the endorsement of HE Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Africa’s sole candidate for the post of Director General of UNIDO. The Commission invited the Heads of Mission resident in Addis Ababa to inform that the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, held on 3-4 February 2021, unanimously approved the candidacy of Dr Arkebe Oqubay in as the only African candidate for the post of Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
During the event, HE Albert Muchanga, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Affairs and Trade, Industry and Mines at the African Union Commission, noted that UNIDO should be headed by a competent Director General and expressed confidence in the world-class caliber of Dr Arkebe who has practical experience in formulating and implementing industrial policies and proven leadership capacities to ensure equitable and sustainable global industrialization in developing countries.
Dr Arkebe stressed that UNIDO should play a much bigger role in the post-COVID-19 era. He presented the themes and pillars of his vision focused on carbon neutral industrialization, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and underlined that promoting global collaboration of all partners and stakeholders to promote l industry in developing countries would be its mission par excellence. In addition, members of the diplomatic corps supporting the candidate made remarks and expressed their readiness to engage in the continental campaign.