Posted By Staff Reporter
The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Hon. Rimbink Pato OBE LLB MP, has worked with counterpart countries in the appointment of the new Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
Minister Pato guided the Pacific ACP Group in joining the African and Caribbean ACP Groups to appoint the new Secretary-General at the 100th Session of the ACP Ministerial Council Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, last week.
The new Secretary-General is H.E. Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes of the Republic of Guyana.
A day before the ACP Ministerial Council, Minister Pato chaired a meeting at the Papua New Guinea Embassy in Brussels involving the P-ACP Ministers and Ambassadors.
The meeting was held mainly to deliberate on the recommendations made by Pacific Nation Ambassadors based in Brussels on candidates for the ACP Secretary-General post.
“In our deliberations, Pacific Ministers and Ambassadors emphasized the need for the Pacific ACP Group to support a candidate who understands development issues and challenges in the Pacific.
“We had consensus that it would be very effective if the new Secretary-General was someone who will connect the ACP effectively with the Pacific, particularly with the regional organizations such as Pacific Islands Forum.
“The outcome of the deliberations and analysis on the ACP Secretary-General candidates favoured the newly appointed Secretary-General.”
The Pacific ACP position and was conveyed to the ACP Ministerial Bureau by Minister Pato in his capacity as representative of the Pacific in the Ministerial Bureau.
Minister Pato also had the privilege of being appointed Rapporteur by the ACP Ministerial Bureau which delivered H.E. Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes as the new ACP Secretary-General.
“I was pleased to convey congratulations on behalf of the Pacific ACP Group, and the Government and people of Papua New Guinea, for the appointment of H.E. Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes.
“I have great confidence in the new Secretary-General’s stewardship of the ACP Secretariat, that will produce a legacy that the ACP family, particularly the Pacific ACP States, can be proud of in the years to come.”
Minister Pato further stated that the relationship between the ACP and EU partners is going through many changes and the challenge is for the ACP those transformations to the mutual benefit of member States.
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