Jean Ping (born November 24, 1942 in Omboué Gabon) is a Gabonese diplomat and politician. He was elected chairman of the Committee of the African Union on 1 February 2008 in the first ballot. He was Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Francophonie of the Republic of Gabon on January 25, 1999 February 6, 2008. Candidate of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) as Chairman of the Committee of the African Union Jean Ping is invested 29 April 2008  succeeded former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, in office since 2003. He holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is married and a father. Jean Ping in 2002 published a book entitled Globalization, Peace, Democracy and Development in Africa: the experience of Gabon, with a preface by Hubert Vedrine. In 2006 he was elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour by France's ambassador to Gabon, on behalf of President Jacques Chirac. Jean Ping was born in Omboué, a small city on the lagoon Fernando Vaz, south of Port-Gentil. His father is a Chinese from Wenzhou (south-east China), recruited as a worker in the 1920s and became a forester, who married a Gabonese. His father, who himself ended his life in Omboué, led him to study and sent to France. The Gabonese politician His ministerial career began Feb. 26, 1990, when he was appointed Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Tourism and Recreation, the broader public sector reform, responsible for relations with Parliament and Spokesman government. He held this office only briefly before moving, April 29, 1990, to head the Department of Mines, Energy and Water Resources, a position he held until June 1991 and again from 28 August 1992 to March 24, 1994, for nineteen months. On March 25, 1994 he became the first head of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, before becoming, October 30, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance, Economy, Budget and Privatization. It is for two years from January 27, 1997 to January 25, 1999, Minister of Planning, Environment and Tourism in Gabon again before taking charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, this time of increased responsibility for La Francophonie and with the title of Minister of State. He stayed until his election to the presidency of the African Union Commission, February 6, 2008. It was during this last term of nine years of ministerial chair in 2004 - 2005, the UN General Assembly. In 1972, Jean Ping is an international civil servant at UNESCO in Paris, then from 1978 to 1984, there is permanent delegate of Gabon before being committed to the policy of his country. In 1993, he chaired the OPEC, which his country is a member at the time. In 2004 he was selected as the 59th President of the United Nations General Assembly.
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When the Organisation of African Unity was transformed into the new African Union at the beginning of the 21st century, it heralded “the complete achievement of political and economic integration” of the continent as well as the establishment of the “United States of Africa” — with a “government of the Union” composed of ministers endowed with a number of supranational competencies
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