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CHANGE OF OFFICE CEREMONY OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE SECRETARIAT

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INAUGURAL SPEECH AT THE IADB

INITIAL WORDS– JUNE 26, 2015


AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE INTER-AMERICAN DEFENSE BOARD IS AN ENTITY OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES WITH THE GOAL OF PROVIDING THE OAS AND ITS MEMBER COUNTRIES TECHNICAL, CONSULTATIVE AND EDUCATION ADVISORY SERVICES ON ISSUES RELATED TO MILITARY AND DEFENSE AFFAIRS.

SERVING IN THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE SECRETARIAT OF THE IADB, THAT IS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE COUNCIL OF DELEGATES, WHICH HAS THE VALUABLE ATTRIBUTE OF BEING THE EXECUTIVE ORGAN OF THIS IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL BODY, IS FOR ME, TODAY, A GREAT CHALLENGE, AND AT THE SAME TIME A GREAT HONOR AND FILLS ME WITH GREAT HAPPINESS.

WHILE AT THE APEX OF THIS CEREMONY, I MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SEVERAL FACTORS HAVE UNITED AND THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT SINERGY OF EFFORT ON THE PART OF INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS, THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO ARRIVE AT THIS POSITION.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE AVIATION COMMAND FOR MY NOMINATION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE COUNCIL OF DELEGATES OF THE IADB; TO THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE FOR THE TRUST PLACED IN ME AND FOR THEIR EFFORTS THROUGH THE DELEGATION OF BRAZIL AT THE IADB AND, FINALLY, TO THE COUNCIL OF DELEGATES AND ITS HONORABLE CHAIRMAN FOR LEADING THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AT THE MEETING OF OCTOBER 21, 2014.

TO MY PREDECESSOR AND COMPATRIOT, ADMIRAL BENTO OF THE NAVY OF BRAZIL, HOLDER OF VALUABLE PERSONAL QUALITIES AND OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND COMPETENCE, I GIVE SPECIAL THANKS WITH DEFERENCE AND CORDIALITY FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH MY FAMILY AND I WERE RECEIVED FROM THE FIRST MOMENT OF MY NOMINATION.

HIS PASSAGE THROUGH THE CASA DEL SOLDADO LEAVES A PRODUCTIVE LEGACY OF PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS, RAISING THE BAR FOR MY RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE SECRETARIAT.

TO YOU BENTO, AND TO YOUR WIFE, MARCIA, AND TO YOUR CHILDREN, RODRIGO, RAFAEL AND DAVI, I WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS IN THE CIDADE MARAVILHOSA, IN THE NEW MISSION THE NAVY HAS FOR YOU, AND I WISH FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS.

LASTLY, I RAISE MY THOUGHTS IN PRAISE TO GOD, AND GIVE HIM THANKS FOR HAVING ALWAYS LIGHTED MY WAY AND MY DECISIONS, AND FOR GENEROUSLY OFFERING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS PROGRESS, PEACE AND FRATERNITY AMONG OUR NATIONS. MAY HE CONTINUE TO BLESS US, ALWAYS.