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No Bajan vying for ACP post

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No Bajan vying for ACP post

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It appears no Barbadians are in the running to be the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group’s (ACP) next secretary general.
Reports indicate that thus far Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are the only Caribbean Community states that will be submitting candidates to succeed current office holder, Ghanaian Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni.
The 79-member ACP was established in 1975 and its main objectives including the “sustainable development of its member states and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order”
After the ACP council met in Nairobi, Kenya recently, it was announced that the organisation’s next secretary general for the period 2015 to 2020 would be a Caribbean national.
The secretary general holds executive powers and heads the Brussels-based ACP Secretariat, which is the administrative and technical body of the ACP Group. The Secretariat provides policy guidance and technical expertise to the organs of the group, and monitors the ACP-European Union Partnership Agreement.
Officials said appointment to the top post was for five years, and generally followed a principle of rotation amongst the six ACP regions, including West Africa (currently holding the post), East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. 
Like his predecessor, the new secretary general will appoint four assistant secretary generals to head various departments in the secretariat during his term. These individuals will also be nominated.