Guyana's Gomes defeats Jamaica's Francis to take Caribbean ACP seat
Guyana's Dr P.I. Gomes was yesterday elected as the new Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping.
Gomes defeated the Jamaican Patricia R. Francis, the former Executive Director of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre and Dr Hamid Ghany, the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Gomes was selected during the 100th Session of the Council of Ministers of the ACP now taking place in Brussels, Belgium.
He will serve for a five-year period starting next year.
Gomes' appointment to the post of Secretary General is consistent with the principle of rotation among the six ACP regions, including West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.
The ACP Group is the largest inter-governmental organisation of developing countries.