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DR. ANTHONY MOTHAE MARUPING was until recently the African Union Commissioner for Economic Affairs (2013-2017) where he played a key role in setting and advocating for implementation of African Union's Agenda 2063 . Before this appointment, Dr. Maruping was the Ambassador Plenipotentiary/Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), World Trade Organization and other International Organizations in Switzerland. In his 6 year tenure, he served in many capacities including as President, G77 and China, Geneva Chapter; coordinator and lead negotiator of the African Group in Geneva for Humanitarian Affairs, and as coordinator and lead negotiator of Least Developed Countries in WTO, and Chairman of the WTO Committee on Trade and Development.

He also served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Lesotho from 1988 to 1998. From 1981 to 1986, Dr Maruping worked at the Na­tional University of Lesotho, first as a member of the Univer­sity Council, then as Dean of the Fac­ulty of Social Science and finally as Pro-Vice Chancel­lor.

He is currently on the Board of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

Dr. Mar­uping has an MA in economics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (1971), a PhD from the same University (1977) and an MBA from the Uni­versity of Baltimore (1979). He taught economics, statistics and business ad­ministration at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, USA (1977 – 1979) and at the National University of Lesotho (1980 – 1983, 86 – 87) respectively.