The United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has appointed the outgoing Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN Headquarters in New York, Valentine Rugwabiza as his new Special Representative to the Central African Republic.
Rugwabiza was also named the head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The Rwandan diplomat succeeds Mankeur Ndiaye of Senegal who has led the Mission since 2019.
At the U.N., Rugwabiza will be succeeded by Amb. Claver Gatete, the former Rwanda’s Minister for infrastructure.
MINUSCA was established in April 2014 with a mandate to protect civilians in the country.
Rwanda is a major troop contributor to the mission. Rugwabiza boasts experience spanning 30 years in both public and corporate sectors.
She once served in Rwanda’s cabinet as Minister for the East African Community and chief executive of the Rwanda Development Board.
Previously, Rugwabiza also served as the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva (2005-2013) as well as Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the U.N. Office in Geneva.
Since 2016, she has served as the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations and non-resident Ambassador to Colombia and Jamaica.
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