Kenyan to head UN body

The UN General Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Kenya’s Mukhisa Kituyi as next the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from September.

A statement from UNCTAD said Dr Kituyi will succeed Supachai Panitchpakdi of Thailand, who has served as head of the Geneva-based agency since September 2005.

   "The Secretary-General is deeply grateful to Panitchpakdi for his commitment and dedicated service in leading UNCTAD," said the statement.
   It said Dr Kituyi brings a combination of proactive leadership and strategic management with hands-on experience in the global trading system.
   Since 2008, he has served as Chief Executive of the Kenya Institute of Governance, a public policy engagement organization which focuses on the interface between academic and policy research and the development of public policy in the East African region.  
   He is also a Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, on their African Growth Initiative.
   In this capacity, he is involved in policy dialogue on sustainable commercial relations between the United States and Africa, and the Regional Integration Studies programme.
   From 2008 to 2012, Dr Kituyi was a member of a Team of Experts advising the East African Community presidents on the challenges, opportunities and possible road map to a deeper regional integration.
   Between 2011 and 2012, he was a consultant to the Africa Union Commission where he helped develop the architecture and road map for a Pan-African Free Trade Area.
   Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.
   It seeks to work as a "laboratory of ideas" and to provide on- the-ground assistance to help developing countries raise living standards through trade, investment, finance and technology.
   It also aims to help developing countries benefit from the globalized economy, and to contribute to international debate on emerging issues related to those countries and the world economy, such as the current global financial crisis, through major reports, policy briefs and contributions to international conferences.
   UNCTAD's membership comprises the 193 Member States of the UN, as well as the Holy See. (Xinhua)