CARICOM backs Brazilian for top FAO post
CARICOM leaders have endorsed the candidature of Dr Jose Graziano Silva of Brazil for the post of director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Six candidates have been put forward by member nations of the FAO to succeed Senegalese Jacques Diouf as director general in elections to be held in June.
The other candidates are Indroyono Soesilo from Indonesia, Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini from Iran, Abdul Latif Rashid from Iraq and Spain's ex-foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube, along with the ex-European agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler from Austria.
The election of a new director general will take place in a secret ballot at the beginning of the 37th FAO Conference, to be held in Rome from June 25 to July 2.
FAO's new chief will be elected by a majority of votes cast by the organisation's 191 member nations and will follow Diouf, who has been in office since 1994.
CARICOM leaders, who met here on the weekend for their two-day inter-sessional summit, have also reiterated their appreciation of the strong ties between Brazil and the 15-member regional integration grouping.
A communiqué issued at the end of the two-day summit noted that the leaders used the visit of Celso Amorim, Brazil's external affairs minister, to express their gratitude for the consistent and sterling support and assistance rendered to Haiti by Brazil.
"The Heads of Government and the Brazilian foreign minister agreed on the need to respect Haiti's sovereignty as the efforts to rebuild the country continued in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. They also expressed confidence that the electoral process for the second round of the presidential and parliamentary election would be credible and would strengthen the emerging democratic practices in Haiti," the statement said.