IFAD / PRESIDENT APPOINTMENT

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The former Prime Minister of Togo, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. IFAD
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STORY: IFAD / PRESIDENT APPOINTMENT
TRT: 1:06
SOURCE: IFAD
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DATELINE: 14 FEBRUARY 2017, ROME, ITALY

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RECENT - ROME, ITALY

1. Wide shot, IFAD building exterior

14 FEBRUARY 2017, ROME, ITALY

2. Wide shot, delegates applauding
3. Med shot, newly appointed IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo greeted by outgoing President Nwanze
4. Wide shot, delegates applauding
5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, appointed President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“I do believe that when we think about the bottom billion, when we think about the Agenda 2030, when we think about the past success of this financial institution, yes, IFAD can and should scale up on rural poverty, its impact on rural alleviation, particularly extreme poverty.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, appointed President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“We have to demonstrate that every dollar invested will have the highest value for money.”
8. Med shot, delegates

STORYLINE:

The former Prime Minister of Togo, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, has been appointed Tuesday (14 Feb) as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Speaking to delegates at IFAD’s Governing Council, Houngbo said he came from the rural world and had first-hand knowledge of the harshness of that life. He said IFAD should “scale up” its efforts on rural poverty as per the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Houngbo takes the helm of IFAD at a time when changing government priorities and the more immediate needs of humanitarian crises threaten to divert funding away from long-term development. He said IFAD had to “demonstrate that every dollar invested will have the highest value for money.”

Houngbo was appointed by IFAD’s member states at the organization’s annual Governing Council meeting. He succeeds Kanayo F. Nwanze, who has been President since 2009 and is set to take office on the first of April. The new president has more than 30 years of experience in political affairs, international development, diplomacy and financial management.

Since 2013, he has served as Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization, where he has been responsible for external programmes and partnerships. Prior to that, he was Assistant Secretary General, Africa Regional Director and Chief of Staff at the United Nations Development Programme. His candidacy was unanimously endorsed by the governments of the African Union.
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