Minister Baird Appoints Canada’s Representative at African Development Bank

(No. 271 - September 21, 2011 - 2 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, in his capacity as governor for Canada to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, today announced the appointment of Hau Sing Tse as the executive director for Canada, effective September 15, 2011.

“The African Development Bank is a key partner in Canada’s efforts to help improve the lives of people across the continent,” said Minister Baird. “Mr. Tse’s experience and expertise will be huge assets to the bank’s governance and in advancing the work it supports.”

Mr. Tse will also be the representative for China, South Korea and Kuwait. He replaces Bruce Montador, who has served as executive director at the AfDB for the past four years.

Canada is currently the fourth-largest non-regional shareholder of the bank, along with France

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Hau Sing Tse (BA [Finance and Business Economics], MA [International Relations] and PhD [International Political Economy], University of Southern California) joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1984, occupying various positions, including country program analyst in the Pakistan Program, director-general of the China Program and minister-counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Beijing. Mr. Tse spent a year as policy advisor with the Priorities and Planning Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. Upon his return to CIDA, he served as director general of the Performance Review Branch and subsequently as vice-president of the Asia Branch. He is currently senior vice-president of the Geographic Programs Branch, responsible for all CIDA bilateral programs.