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Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Incumbent
Assumed office 
8 September 2008
President Faure Gnassingbé
Preceded by Komlan Mally

Born 1961?
Alma mater University of Lomé

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo (born 1961?[1]) is a Togolese political figure who has been Prime Minister of Togo since 8 September 2008.[2]

Houngbo holds an advanced degree in business management from the University of Lomé in Togo, as well as a degree in accounting and finance from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.[1]

Houngbo was a member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Strategic Management Team and was its Director of Finance and Administration before being appointed as the UNDP Chief of Staff in 2003. He was subsequently appointed as United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator of the UNDP, and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Africa[3] by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan[3][4] on December 29, 2005.[4][5]

On 7 September 2008, President Faure Gnassingbé appointed Houngbo as Prime Minister; he replaced Komlan Mally, who resigned two days earlier.[4] His appointment as Prime Minister was read out in a decree by Kouessan Yovodevi, the Director of National Television, who stated, "Mr Houngbo is Prime Minister".[6] Houngbo took office as Prime Minister on 8 September.[2] Houngbo was a relatively obscure figure in Togo prior to his appointment as Prime Minister, and his appointment was regarded as surprising.[1] The government said that he was a "man of consensus" who would facilitate national reconciliation. Some observers attributed his appointment to a desire to improve the image of the government; there were suggestions that Mally had appeared ineffectual.[7]

Houngbo travelled to the UN Headquarters in New York on 11 September for a visit to mark his departure from the UN. He met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 11 September, and Ban congratulated him on his achievements at the UNDP.[8] His government was named on 15 September 2008. It included 27 ministers, aside from Houngbo himself: three ministers of state (one of whom was Houngbo's predecessor, Komlan Mally), 20 ministers, two minister-delegates, and two secretaries of state.[9] Houngbo presented his general policy programme to the National Assembly on 16 September. Of the 80 deputies who participated in the vote on Houngbo's programme, 50 (representing the ruling Rally of the Togolese People) voted in favor of it; the opposition Union of Forces for Change voted against it, while the opposition Action Committee for Renewal abstained.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, "l’oiseau rare"", Republicoftogo.com, 9 September 2008 (French).
  2. ^ a b "Reprise de la coopération et gestion de crise", Republicoftogo.com, 8 September 2008 (French).
  3. ^ a b "SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS GILBERT FOSSOUN HOUNGBO OF TOGO AS DIRECTOR OF UN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME’S BUREAU FOR AFRICA", Secretary-General SG/A/967 BIO/3727 DEV/2559, 30 December 2005.
  4. ^ a b c "Le patron du Pnud Afrique nommé Premier ministre", Republicoftogo.com, 7 September 2008 (French).
  5. ^ "UN Development Programme names new officials to head 3 regional bureaus", UN News Centre, December 29, 2005.
  6. ^ "Togo appoints new prime minister", AFP (France24), 8 September 2008.
  7. ^ John Zodzi, "Togo names new premier", Reuters (IOL), 8 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo fait ses adieux au Pnud", Republicoftogo.com, 12 September 2008 (French).
  9. ^ "L’équipe autour de Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo", Republicoftogo.com, 15 September 2008 (French).
  10. ^ "Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo préconise une nouvelle politique de l’emploi", Republicoftogo.com, 16 September 2008 (French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Komlan Mally
Prime Minister of Togo
2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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