Jean Ping

Gabonese Politician
Born Nov 24, 1942
Age 73
Hometown Omboué
Political Party Gabonese Democrat...
Alma Mater The Sorbonne Univ...

Jean Ping is a Gabonese diplomat and politician who is currently the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union. He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on November 24, 1942.


1972 29 Years Old In 1972, he began working at UNESCO in its Sector for External Relations and Cooperation as an international civil servant.


1978 35 Years Old In 1978, he became advisor to the Gabonese embassy in France, and he subsequently became Gabon's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, in which position he served until 1984.


1984 41 Years Old He became Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President of Gabon, Omar Bongo, in 1984, serving in that position until 1990.
1987 44 Years Old In 1987, Ping had an opportunity to visit his ancestral village of Wenzhou. … Read More
1990 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On 26 February 1990, Ping became Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Tourism and Recreation, and Reform of the Parastatal Sector, in charge of relations with Parliament, as well as Government Spokesman.
1991 48 Years Old He remained in the latter position until June 1991, then served as Minister of Mines, Energy, and Hydraulic Resources for a second time from 28 August 1992 to 24 March 1994.


1994 51 Years Old He was then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and La Francophonie from 25 March 1994 to 29 October 1994, then Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance, the Economy, the Budget, and Privatisation from 30 October 1994 until he was appointed as Minister of Planning, the Environment and Tourism on 28 January 1997.
1996 53 Years Old He was elected to the National Assembly from Omboué in the December 1996 parliamentary election, the December 2001 parliamentary election, and the December 2006 parliamentary election.
1999 56 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2005. … Read More


2004 61 Years Old He was chosen to be President of the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2004. Ping was one of President Bongo's closest and longest-serving ministers and is considered one of the most powerful figures in Gabon. Ping was one of the key figures who helped arrange the visit to Gabon in 2004 of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who used the capital Libreville as the platform for making a land-mark speech promising a new era of engagement with Africa, "without political strings."
2007 64 Years Old In the government named on 25 January 2007, Ping, previously a Minister of State, was promoted to the rank of Deputy Prime Minister while remaining in charge of foreign affairs. … Read More
2008 65 Years Old Ping was elected as chairman of the Commission at an AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 1 February 2008. … Read More
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