The new executive secretary of ECLAC takes office | News

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The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) notified this Monday that the economist José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, from Costa Rica, took over as its new executive secretary.


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The former regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Labor Organization (ILO) between 2015 and 2018 was appointed on September 1, 2022 by the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres.

Among the results of his academic career, the note issued by ECLAC highlighted that José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs has a degree in Economics from the University of Costa Rica and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

His first managerial assignment at the ILO, which he joined in 2005, was Executive Director of the Employment Sector. He also served as Deputy Director General for Policy from 2013 to 2015.

Before his participation in this agency, he served from 1998 to 2005 as director of the Trade Unit of the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition, he was Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica from 1997 to 1998.

“A public policy and economic development enthusiast, Mr. Salazar brings to the role a deep understanding of development and a lifelong interest and passion for the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of policies to advance development. economic, social and political development”, Guterres stressed when announcing the nomination.

On March 31, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, who was the executive secretary of ECLAC, concluded her management of almost 14 years coordinating the regional entity.

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