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ECOWAS boss gets new job in Brussels

By  | 20 November 2009 at 00:15 | 427 views

After almost a decade at the helm of Affairs at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as its President, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas was on Tuesday, 17th November unanimously appointed as the new Secretary General of the African, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) countries Organisation with headquarters in Brussels, during the Organisation’s 90th session of the Council of Ministers.

The Ghanian born Dr. Chambas (pictured) will succeed Sir John Kaputin from Papua New Guinea who has been holding the fort for the past five years. Dr. Chambas assumes office on 1st March next year.

Dr. Chambas beat two other West African contestants from Cape Verde and The Gambia to the job. The Ambassadors representing the two losing candidates, in a show of solidarity pledge their support to the new Secretary General and promised to work amicably for the success of both the new scribe and the ACP.

Before his appointment as Secretary General of ECOWAS in Dakar on 21st December 2001, Dr. Chambas was a serving member of the Ghana Parliament. He had also served as Deputy Speaker, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Education in Ghana.