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Vol 50 No 24

Published 4th December 2009

Mr Chambas goes to Brussels

After Mohammed ibn Chambas takes over as Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group in Brussels on 1 March 2010, he will have to fight hard to reassert the coherence and sense of direction of this important lobby group and its relations with the European Union. One of Ghana's most experienced diplomats, Chambas is leaving his post as President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) for the ACP at a critical time for Africa policy in Brussels. The EU is yet to develop an adequate response to the sharply increasing importance of China's and India's trade and diplomatic influence in Africa and its own declining standing there.

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