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Tuesday, 04 May 2010

ACP’s New Leadership Team

The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has announced the appointments of his new Assistant Secretaries-General of the organisation. The appointments came at the end of a competitive, regional search process that involved many candidates from four of the six regions of the ACP Group.The new appointees are: Mrs Nthisana Matlhogonolo Philips of Botswana (Southern Africa) as Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the Department of Administration, Finance and Human Resources; Mr Achille Bassilekin III from Cameroon (Central Africa) as Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade; Ms Michele Dominique Raymond of Haiti (Caribbean) as  Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the Department of Political Affairs and Human Development and; Mr Paulo S. Kautoke from Tonga (Pacific) as Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the Department of Macro-Economics, Development Finance and Intra-ACP Programming. In announcing the appointments, the Secretary-General of the Group pointed to the qualities of his new management, such as its competence, professional backgrounds, age and gender diversity. For the first time in the history of the ACP that two women have been appointed as Assistant Secretaries-General. Dr Chambas who hails from Ghana and was the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for eight years took over as the head of the ACP Group on 1 March 2010 from Papua New Guinean Sir John Kaputin who had been Secretary-General for the past five years.

Source: ACP Secretariat