VIENNA, June 24 (Xinhua) -- China's Vice Finance Minister Li Yong is elected to the post the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the Board session on Monday.
Li won 37 ballots from member states in the first round of voting in the Development Board of UNIDO, and the selection process will conclude with a final decision by the General Conference at a special session on 28 June. He is supposed to be officially appointed the Director-General of UNIDO in the General Conference on 28 June.
The newly elected Director-General said UNIDO is faced with both opportunities and challenges, and that he would try his best to work together with member states to win a bright future.
Li is a senior economic and financial policy-maker of China and has been a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Chinese central bank for a decade.
"I am very optimist that we will have even better situation from now on with the support of China," Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to UNIDO told Xinhua after Li Yong won the election, adding that he hopes to witness further progress of UNIDO's work and promote the Soth-South corporation.
Six candidates from Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Italy, Poland and Thailand competed to succeed the current head of UNIDO Kandeh K. Yumkella, whose second term ends in June.