By J Nastranis
NEW YORK (IDN) - The new president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava of Zimbabwe, intends "to dedicate enough time on the question of infrastructure development and industrialization, especially in the context of support for African development, and as a high priority for all the countries in special situations".
Shava, Zimbabwe's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, was elected on July 28 to head the 54-nation body during its 2017 session. ECOSOC is the principal organ for the socio-economic and related work of the United Nations.
He replaces Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea, who chaired ECOSOC during the 2016 session that was characterised by celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Council and by a variety of global challenges.