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.

Gerd Muller of Germany Chosen to Head UNIDO =- Photo UNIDO

Gerd Muller of Germany Chosen to Head UNIDO =- Photo UNIDO

Three Candidates were in Race for UNIDO Chief - Photo UNIDO

Three Candidates were in Race for UNIDO Chief – Photo UNIDO

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.

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