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New IMF Resident Representative takes office

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Dr Constant Lonkeng Ngouana took office in Kingston on Monday as the new resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Jamaica.

He replaces Dr Bert van Selm who ended his assignment as resident representative and has just returned to the IMF's headquarters in Washington, DC.

Lonkeng joined the IMF in 2010 and has worked in the African Department, the Institute for Capacity Development and in the Fiscal Affairs Department, the Fund said in a release out of Washington, DC.


During 2014-15, he was the fiscal economist on the IMF Jamaica team. He has also participated in IMF technical assistance to Jamaica and Malaysia, as well as at the IMF's Singapore Training Institute.

He was, until recently, the fiscal economist on the IMF Indonesia team and his work at the Fund also covers Germany and Japan.

Lonkeng holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon, a master's degree in international economics and development from the Economics School of Louvain, Belgium, and a PhD in economics from the University of Montreal, Canada.

Before joining the IMF, he was a lecturer at the University of Montreal and had also served as statistician at the National Institute of Statistics of Cameroon.

"I look forward to working with the Government of Jamaica and its gracious people on this portion of their economic reform marathon, and also hope to watch up-close the fastest sprinters on earth," Dr Lonkeng said.