S.E.M Matata Mapon PONYO, Economist and Honorary Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Hailed by the Bretton Woods Institutions as one of the continent’s most reformist leaders, he has structurally transformed his country’s economy. Under his tenure as Prime Minister, and for the first time in its history, the DRC’s growth rate reached 10%.
He is considered to be the Father of the banking of payroll in the Congolese civil service. The jury wanted to salute this exceptional career, which testifies to his commitment to an Africa that is resolutely in step with the challenges and changes of today’s world.