The Secretary General

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Dr. Patrick I. Gomes of Guyana was appointed as the new Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on 10th December 2014..

Dr. Gomes’ appointment took place today during the 100th session of the ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels, making him the tenth Secretary General since the inception of the organisation in 1975.

Until recently, Dr. Gomes was the Ambassador of Guyana to the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as other Euroean countries and international organisations.

He has a strong track record of leadership in the ACP system, was serving as Dean of the ACP Ambassadors in Brussels and Chairman of the Working Group on Future Perspectives of the ACP Group. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Maastricht-based think tank, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

The new Secretary General took office  from 1 March 2015 and his term will run until 28 February 2020. He holds executive powers as Head of the Brussels-based ACP Secretariat, which is the administrative and technical body of the ACP Group.

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