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Eminent Persons Group

For the Future Perspectives

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

Who are we?

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