Assistant Secretary-General: Mr Escipión Joaquín OLIVEIRA GOMEZ
Assistant Secretary-General of the Structural Economic Transformation and Trade – Citizen of the Dominican Republic
Mr. Oliveira has 30 years of experience in drafting, managing, supervising, and evaluating multi-donor programmes and projects for the creation and strengthening of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and Business Support Organisations in the six OACPS regions at national, regional and all-ACP levels.
Before joining the OACPS, he served as Deputy Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency since 2011. He was Sector Coordinator for “Information and Communications Technologies” and “Tourism” as well as Regional Coordinator for Southern and Eastern Africa at the ACP-EU Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) (2005-2008) and also served as Expert, Private Sector at the then, ACP Secretariat, contributing to the development of the first private sector development strategy of the Group and participated in the review of the Cotonou Agreement (2002 to 2005). Mr. Oliveira holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance (1994) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business (1992) from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium; a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the “Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo”, Dominican Republic (1990); and an internship in the European Commission’s General Directorate for Development Cooperation DGVIII (1995)