Her candidature was announced on Thursday evening during a ceremony in which Dr Biruta hosted members of the African Diplomatic Corps for dinner.
The position is currently held by a Ghanaian, Quartey Thomas Kwesi who took office in 2017. Like the Chairperson of the African Union, the deputy holds the right for four-year term renewable once. Their term will terminate next year.
President Paul Kagame recently revealed that Rwanda supports the candidature of Moussa Faki Mahamat, the current Chairperson of the African Union Commission for the second tenure.
He made the revelation as he took part in the Second Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union, Regional Economic Committees and the Regional Mechanisms alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa who chairs the AU and Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission.
As he concluded his remarks, Kagame said: “I wanted to join the President of Tchad, my brother President Déby, in support of Moussa Faki, who has come back as the candidate running for chair of our African Union Commission. I also join in support of Dr Ngozi as the candidate for the director-general of the World Trade Organization.”
Mahamat, former Tchad’s Minister of Foreign Affairs was elected to chair the African Union Commission in January 2017.
Dr Nsanzabaganwa, 49, introduced as Rwanda’s candidate to deputize Mahamat, holds honorary doctorate received from Stellenbosch University in South Africa for her contribution to Rwanda’s development.
She is the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda since May 2011. Prior to that, she served as Minister of Trade and Industry (2008-2011) and Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (2003-2008).
Dr. Nsanzabaganwa is a holder of a PhD in Economics and a Doctorate of Commerce Honoris Causa, both obtained from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is an influential voice in financial inclusion in her country and on international scene as well as a passionate actor in women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion.
Dr. Nsanzabaganwa is also a member of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s Gender Inclusive Finance Committee, an alumna of Women’s World Banking African Advisory Council, and Founding Member and Chairperson of New Faces New Voices Rwanda. She is a wife and mother.