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Statement by the Secretary General at the Opening of the 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 3 May 2017

Your Excellency Ambassador Peter THOMSON, President of the 71st UN General Assembly,

Your Excellency, Dr. Abraham TEKESTE, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and President of the 105th Session of the ACP Council,

Honourable Ministers,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allocution d’ouverture:- Célébration de la Journée internationale de la femme

Excellences, Honorables invités, Mesdames et Messieurs

C’est pour moi un véritable honneur d’avoir l’occasion de prononcer l’allocution d’ouverture sur le thème de notre évènement de cet après-midi  à savoir « ELLE INSPIRE », au moment où nous rendons hommage aux femmes à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme (qui sera célébrée le 8 mars ) et au rôle d’inspiration qu’elles jouent dans nos pays et au sein de la Diaspora ACP.

Statement by the Secretary General at the Opening of the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 24 November 2015

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Honourable Dr. Mamphono Kakhetla, Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Lesotho, and President of the 102nd Council Session,
Honourable Ministers,
Your Excellencies,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

May I begin by expressing how deeply honoured I am to welcome you to the ACP House for the 102nd Council Session. A special welcome to the Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, whose presence with us today signals the high esteem the Government and people of Fiji accords the ACP Group.

Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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.  
 

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.

Inaugural statement of the Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, 2 March 2015, Brussels

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The event for which we are gathered this evening takes place in the year that makes the milestone 40th Anniversary of the creation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States by the Georgetown Agreement on June 6, 1975.

Opening remarks by the Secretary General at the 2nd Meeting of ACP Ministers of Health, 25 February 2015, Brussels

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all, on behalf of the ACP Group, to this 2nd Meeting of ACP Ministers of Health.  
 

Statement by the Secretary General at the 2nd beneficiaries' meeting of the ACP Cultures+ Programme, 10 February 2015, Brussels

First of all, allow me to thank you for giving me this opportunity to make a few remarks at this meeting for beneficiaries of the ACP Cultures+ programme. This programme has indeed come a long way, and it is gratifying to note the huge interest it has generated not only among artists, but among other development actors as well. 


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