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Statement by the Secretary General at the 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries, 22 July 2015, Brussels.

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I am delighted to welcome you to the fourth meeting of the ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture being held here at the ACP Secretariat. I particularly welcome the Honourable Ministers who are joining us today for this segment of after your officials have done such extensive work despite it being a holiday yesterday.

Please feel at home here in Brussels, here at your House amongst the ACP family.

Opening statement of the ACP Secretary General at the 18th ACP Ministerial Trade Committee, 24 June 2015, Brussels

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to ACP House, your house. 
I am particularly pleased that many Ministers responsible for trade issues coming from as far as the Pacific, the Caribbean and different parts of Africa have been able to come to Brussels to participate in the two meetings that are ahead of us – namely the 18th ACP Ministerial and the 13th Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee. You have made it here despite your busy schedules, and for some, very difficult travel connections.

Statement by the Secretary General at the 38th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 12 June 2015, Suva, Fiji

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I wish to thank you for another opportunity to be with you for this series of your meetings. I count it an honour and privilege to interact with our elected representatives from across the length and breadth of the ACP Membership. 

Welcome statement of the Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes at the 101st session of the ACP Council of Ministers, 26 May 2015, Brussels

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Permit me to begin by expressing how deeply honoured I am to welcome you to the ACP House for the 101st Council Session, and for the privilege of addressing this august Council for the first time in my capacity as your Secretary General.  May I reiterate my deep sense of appreciation for being entrusted this great honour and yet formidable task, at a critical time in the life of our esteemed Group.  
 

Opening statement by the Secretary General at the Expo 2015 Milan workshop, co-organised with the Italian Repressention to the EU, 28 April 2015, Brussels

Excellencies; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union for the initiative to organise this workshop in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat. I welcome you all to the ACP House. This is your home.
 

Welcome remarks by the ACP Secretary General at the World Malaria Day event on 20 April 2015, Brussels

Delivered on behalf of the Secretary General by the Expert in Charge of Health, Education, Science & Technology Dr. John Kakule, at the World Malaria Day commemoration at ACP House, organised in collaboration with the Malaria Consortium, Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

Statement by the ACP Secretary General on the occasion of the 21st commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, 7 April 2015, Brussels

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First of all, on behalf of the ACP Group, allow me to thank you for the honour of having invited me to address you on this momentous occasion.
 

Opening remarks by the Secretary General at the High Level Dialogue on Decent Work in ACP States, 31 March 2015, Brussels

First of all, let me thank the International Labour Organization (ILO) for organizing this High Level dialogue on Decent Work  in ACP States, which is consistent with our ACP-ILO cooperation. 
 

Address by the Secretary General at the 37th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 18 March 2015, Brussels

I thank you very much for the opportunity bring afforded to address you for the first time as Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States. As the President has stated, I have been keenly following the work of your Assembly and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly for some time now – a decade to be precise. The parliamentarians have always been a source of inspiration – in particular, I recall a phrase used by the representative from Uganda – that the ACP now has a GPS to set our direction.

Mr. President,

Statement by the Secretary General at the ACP celebration of International Women's Day, 5 March 2015, Brussels

Thank you for the opportunity to address you on this auspicious occasion – the celebration of international women’s day. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Secretariat for organising this event, in particular, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Human Development, Mme. Michèle Dominique Raymond, who has taken the lead in organising this event for the past 4 years.


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