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Jun 19, 2011 | Nana Kwabena

The Organizers of the Switzerland- based “Crans Montana Forum” have decided to honour Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas with le Prix de la Fondation-the Foundation Prize of the Forum during the Group's Meeting in Brussels from 22-25 June 2011. The Forum, which is named after the city of its birth- Crans Montana in Switzerland, brings together eminent personalities on the same scale as the Davos World Economic Forum to discuss issues of common concern to humanity. The Crans Montana Forum was created with the support and the involvement of Swiss Authorities whose importance and prestige are well-established. It is formally recognized notably for its commitment to contribute to the construction of a more humane World through global dialogue. It works for the promotion of international cooperation and contributes to global growth which ensures prosperity, justice, equity and security for all.

Each year, since 1989, the Forum confers the award on personalities who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavor geared towards ensuring greater world peace, freedom, democracy so as to make life better for humanity. The organization extends its recognition to both living and past personalities.

This is the second award that Dr Chambas would be receiving in just 15 months after moving to Brussels from the ECOWAS COMMISSION where he was, until 1st March 2010, the President. The German authorities had recognized his efforts whilst he was working at the ECOWAS Commission and so weeks after his arrival in Brussels to take up the position of Secretary General at the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr Chambas was awarded the Deutscher-Afrika Preis 2010 (German Africa Prize 2010) in Berlin.

During the award ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday 24 June 2011 in Brussels, Dr Chambas would be receiving the Foundation Prize personally from the Founder and President of the Crans Montana Forum, Ambassador Jean Paul Carteron. He would be honored alongside Philippe Maystadt, the President of the European Investment Bank, and posthumously, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke of the US and Mr Adrian Nastase a former Prime Minister of Roumania. The ACP Secretary General's name would now be added to a list which include names such as those US President Barack Obama, Mrs. Angel Merkel of Germany, Former President Abdou Diouf of Senegal, Former President Rawlings of Ghana, Mrs. Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire, Ex-President Alpha Omar Konare and President Amani Toumani Toure both of Mali and Mr Jean Ping of the African Union.


By Nana Kwabena and others -Friends of Dr Chambas.

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