Carlos Lopes resigns as ECA chief executive, said to eye African Union role

The executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Dr Carlos Lopes has resigned.

The Guinea-Bissau national has overseen the affairs of ECA for four years. Sources claim he could be eyeing an influential position in the African Union (AU). “One of his main achievements while with the ECA was his role championing the need for improved data and statistics for informed decision-making on the continent,” a statement from the Commission reads.

Dr Lopes has also been praised for being “the first to call for debt cancellation for Ebola-affected countries on the continent and led a team that demonstrated the economic impact projections on Africa were highly exaggerated and part of a negative narrative.”

“He will continue to work with partners, such as the African Union and others in the push for the continent’s priorities, including Agenda 2063 that he helped shape,” UNECA said.

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