(born November 24, 1942) 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.
The son of Chinese trader Cheng Zhiping () of Wenzhou
descent, and a Gabonese
mother, Jean Ping was born in Omboué
, Etimbwé Department
, Ogooué-Maritime Province
. In 1972, he began working at UNESCO
in its Sector for External Relations and Cooperation as an international civil servant. In 1978, he became advisor to the Gabonese embassy in France
, He became Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President of Gabon, Omar Bongo
, in 1984, serving in that position until 1990.
On February 26, 1990, Ping became Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Tourism and Recreation, and Reform of the Parastatal Sector, in... Read More