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CTA congratulates Dr. Patrick Gomes in his new role as the new Secretary General of the ACP Group of States

December 12, 2014

On his appointment on Wednesday 10th December during the 100th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, CTA wishes to congratulate H.E. Dr. Patick I. Gomes who takes on the role of Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States for the period 2015-2020. 

Dr. Gomes’s extensive experience in development cooperation and, in particular his track record of leadership in the ACP system, places him in a very good position to lead the organisation at such a critical juncture given that the Cotonou Partnership Agreement will come to an end in 2020.  

“CTA has closely collaborated with Dr. Gomes over many years in his role as the Ambassador of Guyana in Brussels. We look forward to working with him even more closely in his new capacity as Secretary General of the ACP to better serve our ultimate beneficiaries—smallholder farmers, fisherfolk, young entrepreneurs and women  across the ACP. We wish him success in this important assignment.”, said Michael Hailu, Director of CTA.  

Dr. Gomes has also pursued improved financial support and services for joint ACP-EU institutions such as CTA and has been instrumental in promoting the potential for capacity development of the ACP through South-South and Triangular Cooperation.  

Dr. Patrick Gomes is the ninth Secretary General since the inception of the ACP Group of States in 1975 and will take office in Brussels early March 2015.  

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