Ambassador P. I. Gomes

Added on 7th September 2010

Guyana’s Brussels-based Ambassador to the European Union , H.E. Patrick Ignatius (P.I.) Gomes has had a long and interesting career in Education and the Public Service.

The very latest news is that on the basis of rotation among the six regions of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States , with Headquarters in Brussels, Guyana has been selected on behalf of the Caribbean to be President of the Council of Ministers and Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors for the period August 1 2010, to January 31 2011. P.I. will therefore chair the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels for that period.

The ACP Group of seventy-nine (79) Member States was established in 1975 by what is known as the Georgetown Agreement and has as its core functions the management and implementation of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the 27 Member States of the European Union addressing trade and economic cooperation, poverty eradication and sustainable development, and political dialogue on regional and international affairs.

Dr. Gomes is the former Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) , and has also been a consultant Project Manager for the Regional Task Force on Financing the CARICOM Food Security Facility (CFSF) , in cooperation with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) .

In his Academic life, he taught at the UWI's Faculties of Agriculture and Social Sciences in Trinidad. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the European Centre for Development Policy Management and has co-authored a book on Rural Development in the Caribbean.

Along with Fr. Michael Campbell-Johnson, P.I. was involved in the foundation in the early 70s of The Guyana Institute for Social Research and Action (GISRA)