Coumba Mar Gadio, of Senegalese nationality, is the new Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) and Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Equatorial Guinea. On the afternoon of January 21, she was officially presented to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy.
The new Resident Coordinator will replace Leo Heileman, who spent several years in Equatorial Guinea, and she also has extensive experience in institutions of the United Nations environment. She received training in France and the United States, and her areas of expertise include strategies for poverty reduction, gender and social development. She has worked with development-oriented institutions such as the World Bank and the US Agency for Development (USAID), among others. It is the first time that Dr. Coumba Mar is in Equatorial Guinea, having arrived from her previous post, in Mauritania, where she spent four years.
After meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, the new residing coordinator made brief statements to the press in which she expressed her satisfaction regarding this meeting.
-“We have important initiatives to support in the development of the country, acting as Coordinator of the United Nations Agencies. We have various major projects, such as a project to protect the environment and to computerize all citizens. This is an exemplary project in which we are supporting the government.”
Coumba Mar Gadio pointed out that her purpose is to meet the priorities of the Executive in its National Development Plan in view of the Horizon 2020, in order to second it with their support.
Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office