Gaspar Martins

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H.E.
Ismael Abraao Gasper Martins
Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Angola Flag of Angola.svg
Assumed office
May 2001

Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins (born 12 January 1940) is an Angolan diplomat and political figure who has been Angola's Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2001.

Background[edit]

Born at Luanda, Martins holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, United States. He completed his post-graduate studies in economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany in 1969. Martins then attended Oxford University in the UK, receiving a diploma in economic development.

He is married and has four children.

Early career[edit]

From 1971 to 1972, Martins worked as a research officer on agricultural development policies in Africa for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva.

He then served with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1972 to 1975 as an economic affairs officer, overseeing studies and policies on the issue of economic integration in Africa, and on trade negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the European Union.

In 1975, he was appointed external and economic affairs adviser to the President of Angola, Agostinho Neto. From 1976 to 1977, Gaspar Martins was Governor of the Central Bank of Angola, before serving as Minister of Finance until 1982. He was appointed as Angola's Minister of External Trade in 1982, and worked in this position until 1987. From 1989 to 1995, Ismael Gaspar Martins was the Executive Director of the African Development Bank, based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

From 1996 to 2000, Martins served on the Southern African Development Community Task Force at the World Economic Forum Summit. In 1996, he was a founding member and Co-President of the Angola-South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also held the position of Managing Director of Gaspar Martins and Associates (a business consultancy firm).

Diplomatic career[edit]

In April 2001, President José Eduardo dos Santos appointed Martins as roving Ambassador, and in May 2001 as the new Ambassador to the United Nations. In a ceremony in Luanda, Ambassador Martins said he would work to help the UN play a "decisive role" in Angola as the country searches for peace, stability and development.

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Preceded by
Saidy Vieira Dias Mingas
Minister of Finance
1977–1982
Succeeded by
Augusto Teixeira Jorge de Matos