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By Pita Ligaiula in Brussels, Belgium
The Special Session of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers Tuesday endorsed the appointment of Ghana’s foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni as new ACP Secretary General.
Mumuni will complete the unexpired term of Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas from 01 April 2013 to 28 February 2015.
Dr Chambas was appointed SG in November 20009 and took office on 01 March 2010. He resigned on 04 January this year after having been appointed in December last year by the United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the Chairperson of the Africa Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, as their Joint Special Representative for Dafur , and head of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Dafur known as UNAMID.
Accepting his news appointment, SG Mumuni told the Council of Ministers, he deemed it as a call to duty at a higher level to serve the ACP Group.
He said as a result he is giving up his Parliamentary seat in Ghana.
“In accepting this new assignment as SG of this great organization, I would like, from the onset, to acknowledge the daunting task ahead of us as an intergovernmental organization in a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape and pledge my commitment to work in concert with member states, regions and other stakeholders, towards the realization and objectives of the organization”
“I am keenly aware that this is not a fresh mandate. It is, an opportunity to complete the two remaining years left by the Outgoing Secretary General. Two years look like a very short time. But it is also a long time, given the nature and importance of time in political life,” Mumuni told the Council of Ministers.
He said Dr Chambas leaves behind an enviable legacy at the ACP and he intends to vigorously pursue on-going initiatives such as the reforms at the Secretariat, completing the work on the future perspectives of the organization, concluding mutually beneficial Economic Partnership Agreement, Intra ACP cooperation, South – South Triangular cooperation and more importantly, sustaining existing partnerships, while charting new frontiers of cooperation.
“I would like to deepen the internal reforms that the outgoing SG has already embarked upon, to ensure that the Secretariat is in a better position to serve our principal authorities and other key stake holders,” he said.
Mumuni said he accorded priority to regional development cooperation, including support for the work of ACP and commitment to South – South Solidarity.
“I believe in the dialogue of civilizations, respect for international law and the equality of all nations, whether big or small.
He also pledged to work with the Eminent Person Group (EPG) and to give them every support to ensure the success of their work.
“All these fascinating ideas make us confident that the future is very much an open book. All is possible if we put our hearts and minds into dreaming big dreams and envisioning great visions.
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