GENEVA, 16 July 2021 – The only African in the race to become the head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has failed in his bid.
Arkebe Okubav, who is a special adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed bowed out of the race to German Development Minister Gerd Muller who has been elected the new UNIDO chief.
Okubav was a former senior official of the ruling party of the northern Tigray region.
He had won the endorsement of the African Union, and a number of African presidents, including the Ethiopian prime minister.
Okubav was also running against a candidate from Bolivia who equally lost the race.
Muller will replace China’s Li Yong who has led UNIDO since 2013 in its mission to reduce poverty through industrial development.