China’s Vice Finance Minister Li Yong is the first mainland Chinese person to become the director general of the United Nations’ Industrial Development Organization, SCMP reports.
UNIDO is an agency of the United Nations that helps developing countries build up sustainable industries.
Li ran against five other candidates to become the new head of UNIDO, and he won the majority two-thirds vote on Monday.
According to the People’s Daily, Li has been a member of the Chinese Central Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee for about a decade. Xinhua has called Li a senior economic and financial policy-maker in China.
This marks a step towards increasing participation in international organizations for China.
Li will be officially appointed to his new post on June 28 and will serve a four-year term.
UNIDO has posted a link to Li’s CV so curious onlookers can see if they deem him fit for the job.
[Image via UNIDO]