Commonwealth Secretary-General Designate Patricia Scotland to assume office this Friday 1st April 2016
Commonwealth Secretary-General Designate Patricia Scotland QC will assume that office as the 6th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations later this week.
Patricia Scotland QC will be taking over as Commonwealth Secretary-General from Kamalesh Sharma, who steps down on 31st March, after eight years of service. When she takes office on Friday 1st April 2016, she will be the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean, and the first woman to hold the post.
In her video address at the opening of the 15th Conference of Presidents and Governors-General of the Caribbean region in Antigua & Barbuda today, she said “I am hugely proud that the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth have entrusted me with the role of Secretary-General, and I am determined that I will do everything in my power to make sure that our region is proud of what we are together able to achieve”.
On her first day in office, 1st April 2016, the new Commonwealth Secretary-General will visit Dominica and open a new Disaster Rehabilitation Centre on the island, following the devastation caused by tropical storm Erika.
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