Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), announced on Thursday (September 15) that the IMF appointed Abebe Aemro Selassie as Director of the IMF's African Department. Ms. Lagarde noted that "Abe brings a profound understanding of the challenges facing Africa, having worked closely with policymakers from across the region for much of his career.
His proven ability to provide intellectual leadership, track record of building collaborative relationships, analytical depth, and warm collegiality make him ideally placed to lead the IMF's work with our membership in sub-Saharan Africa. Having had the opportunity to work with Abe over the last five years, I have been struck by his sound judgment, integrity, and commitment to teamwork." She also said that "The IMF remains deeply committed to serving our members in Africa.
Abe will bring a unique blend of extensive knowledge and experience to his new position as Director of the African Department." A statement issued on the same day by the IMF added that Mr.Abebe Aemro Selassie is expected to begin his work as Director of the African Department on September 19, 2016.