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ILO picks Togo's Houngbo as next chief

The ILO elected Togo's former prime minister, Gilbert Houngbo, to serve as its next director-general, making him the first African to hold the post.

Gilbert F. Houngbo, the incoming International Labor Organization president
Gilbert F. Houngbo, the incoming International Labor Organization president and sixth president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (AN/IFAD)

GENEVA (AN) – The International Labor Organization’s governing body elected Togo's former prime minister, Gilbert Houngbo, to serve as its next director-general, making him the first African to hold the post. He promised to be a "unifying" force for the world's workers.

Houngbo, who is president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, will begin serving a five-year term as ILO's 11th director-general at the start of October.

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