Gilbert F Houngbo became the new Director General of the ILO

Gilbert F Houngbo has recently  been elected as the 11th Director General of the International Labor Organization. He is the former Prime Minister of Togo and will take office in October 2022. (Gilbert F Houngbo)

main point 

  • He is the first African to be elected to the position.
  • Since 2017, he is serving as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
  • From 2008 to 2012, he served as the Prime Minister of Togo.

Appointment as Prime Minister of Togo

After a massive internal conflict caused by the 2005 Togolese presidential election, Hongbo was elected to the position and oversaw political, economic and social reforms in the country. After ending his term as Prime Minister, he joined the International Labor Office which is the permanent secretariat of the ILO.

International Labor Organization ( ILO )

The ILO is a United Nations agency that advances social and economic justice by setting international labor standards. It was established in October 1919 under the League of Nations. The ILO is the first and oldest specialized agency of the United Nations. It has 187 member countries. 186 are among the 193 member states of the United Nations and the Cook Islands. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland as well as 40 regional offices around the world.