WELCOME MESSAGE TO THE: Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia J. Scotland

On behalf of the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome, Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Nations, on her first day in office, 1st April 2016.

She replaces Mr. Kamalesh Sharma of India whose eight year term with the Commonwealth Secretariat came to an end on the 31st March 2016.

Baroness Scotland, a former UK Attorney General was appointed by Commonwealth Heads of Government in Malta in November 2015.  She is the sixth Secretary General and the first woman to hold the position of Secretary General.

Baroness Patricia Scotland was born in Dominica in 1955; she holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) obtained in 1976. Baroness Scotland has held several high profile positions with the United Kingdom government, most notably the Attorney General of England and Wales. She was the first woman to hold the position of Attorney General in England. In 1991 Baroness Scotland was appointed Queen’s Counsel. She received a life peerage and was named Baroness Scotland of Asthal in 1997. In her career path she has also been appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department) from 2001 to 2003, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and

Offender Management) from 2003 to 2007 as well as the position of Attorney General in 2007.

Baroness Patricia Scotland as the incoming Secretary General takes office at a time when the 53-member countries are facing challenges with numerous social, economic and developmental issues. However, she is confident that the Commonwealth can face these challenges head-on.

Please join the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre in congratulating Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland and wish her well on her appointment.