New Chairperson and Bureau for ACP Committee of Ambassadors
Some members of the Incoming and Outgoing Bureaus of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, including the new Chairperson H.E. Mrs Mpeo Mahase Moiloa, Ambassador of Lesotho (centre) with the outgoing Chairman Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy to her left and ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes to the right.
Brussels, 31 July 2015/ ACP: The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Lesotho H.E Mrs Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa takes over as Chair of the Committee of African, Caribbean and Pacific Ambassadors in Brussels, beginning 1st August 2015 until 31st January 2016. The term will also see a new Bureau supporting the Committee of Ambassadors, comprising one representative from each of the six ACP regions.
The Bureau members for the upcoming term include: H.E. Mr. Adani Illo of Niger (West Africa), H.E Mr. Roger Julien Menga of the Republic of Congo (Central Africa); H.E. Mr. Samuel O. Outlule of Botswana (Southern Africa); H.E. Dr Len Ishmael of the Eastern Caribbean States (Caribbean); H.E. Mr. Moses Kouni Mose of the Solomon Islands (Pacific); and the representative for Eastern Africa, yet to be named.
The Troika will include the outgoing Chairman of the Committee, H.E Mr. Roy Mickey Joy of Vanuatu, the Ambassador of Lesotho as Chairperson-in-Office, and the Chairman to follow in the next term, H.E Mr. Daniel Emery Dede of the Central African Republic.
In a meeting of the Incoming and Outgoing Bureaus on Thursday, the outgoing Chair Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy thanked his peers for their support during his term as Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors (1 February to 31 July 2015), during which key developments were achieved for the organisation, such as the assumption of duties by the new ACP Secretary General and new management team of the ACP Secretariat; the ACP 40th anniversary celebrations; finalisation of an ACP position for the Third International Conference on Development Finance; and a successful humanitarian mission by ACP representatives to Vanuatu following devastation by Cyclone Pam. The period also saw a concrete proposal put forward for the hosting of the 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government in the Pacific region, as well as preliminary steps in the set up of a SIDS (Small Island Developing States) forum in within the ACP Group.
The ACP Committee of Ambassadors is based in Brussels and is a decision-making body for the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.
– ACP Press Office