The Eminent Persons Group was launched on March 25, 2013, comprising of 12 distinguished luminaries and statesmen from the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. Chaired by the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the group has been given the significant task of independently reviewing the 79-member ACP Group as an international organisation. A report, including recommendations on the future orientations of the ACP will be presented to the 8th Summit of Heads of State and Government in December 2014.
The members of the EPG include former heads of state or government, executives at international organisations, accomplished academics, and former high level government officials. The eminent persons were selected for their distinctive leadership skills, far-reaching experience in international affairs and development, and sound technical knowledge in their various fields. Each possesses the demonstrated ability to ‘think out of the box’ to find solutions for complex problems.
But most importantly, the EPG members represent the African, Caribbean and Pacific people who would be the main beneficiaries of a sturdier, more dynamic ACP Group.
|Chief Olusegun Obasanjo||Former President of Nigeria (CHAIR)|
|Dr. Leonel A. Fernandez Reyna||Former President of the Dominican Republic (CO-VICE CHAIR)|
|Hon. Bharrat Jagdeo||Former President of Guyana (CO-VICE CHAIR)|
|Ms. Valentine Sendanyoye Rubwabiza||Former Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation|
|Prof. Sebastiao Isata||Special Representative and Head of African Union Liaison Office in Guinea Bissau|
|Prof. Ibrahima Fall||Former United Nations Assistant Secretary General|
|Ms. Patricia R. Francis||Former Executive Director, International Trade Centre|
|Amb. Nureldin Satti||Former Acting Special Representative for the UN Secretary General in Burundi|
|Dr. Daoussa Bichara Cherif||Former Minister of Public Works, Transport, Housing and Urbanisation, Chad|
|Mr. Kaliopate Tavola||Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fiji|
|Mr. Kolone Vaai||Former Secretary of Finance, Samoa|
|Mr. Peter Gakunu||Former Executive Director, International Monetary Fund|