Jaime Gama

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Matos and the second or paternal family name is Gama.
His Excellency
Jaime Gama
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President of the Assembly of the Republic
In office
16 March 2005 – 21 June 2011
Preceded by Mota Amaral
Succeeded by Maria da Assunção Esteves
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
28 October 1995 – 6 April 2002
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by José Manuel Barroso
Succeeded by Teresa Gouveia
In office
9 June 1983 – 6 November 1985
Prime Minister Mário Soares
Preceded by Vasco Futscher Pereira
Succeeded by Pedro Pires de Miranda
Minister of State
In office
25 October 1999 – 6 April 2002
Prime Minister António Guterres
Minister of National Defence
In office
29 May 1999 – 25 October 1999
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by José Veiga Simão
Succeeded by Júlio Castro Caldas
Minister of the Internal Administration
In office
27 February 1978 – 29 August 1978
Prime Minister Mário Soares
Preceded by Alberto Oliveira e Silva
Succeeded by António Gonçalves Ribeiro
Personal details
Born 8 June 1947
Senhora da Rosa, Fajã de Baixo, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Alda Taborda
Alma mater University of Lisbon
Profession Philosopher, university professor, journalist
Website Official website

Jaime José de Matos da Gama, GCC, GCIH, GCL, GCMG (born 8 June 1947), is a former Portuguese politician. Jaime Gama is a Senior Strategic Counsel at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy and business advisory firm, and Chairman of the bank Novo Banco dos Açores.


Born at Senhora da Rosa, Fajã de Baixo, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores in 1947, he is a son of Jaime da Rosa Ferreira da Gama (Matriz, Horta, Faial, Azores, January 1914 – Lisbon, 29 July 2003) and wife Lucília Vaz do Rego de Matos (São Sebastião, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores, 12 September 1916 – Hospital Militar, Estrela, Lisbon, 21 September 1987).[1]

Political life[edit]

He graduated as a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. He was involved in the opposition to the fascist Estado Novo (New State) regime, since his youth, and was first arrested, aged only 18, due to an article published in the local press. He was a member of the socialist CEUD in the campaign for the 1969 legislative elections, won by the National Union (the regime party), due to massive fraud. He was a journalist of the opposition newspaper República, in the last years of the fascist regime.

He was a founder of the Socialist Party, in the German exile of Bad-Munstereifel. He was elected for his Party as a Deputy to the Assembly of the Republic for the Azores from 1975 and for Lisbon from 1983.

In the 1st Constitutional Government, he was Minister of Internal Affairs (1976–1978), and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 9th Constitutional Government, from 1983 to 1985. He returned to the same ministry, in António Guterres' governments, from 1995 to 2002, and was also Minister of State and Minister of National Defence, in 1999, and Minister of State from 1999 to 2002.

He was President of the United Nations Security Council during June 1998. He was the chairman of the Presidency of the Council of Europe from 1 January 2002, until 6 April 2002, when he lost his post as Foreign Minister when the new government of José Manuel Durão Barroso took office in Portugal.

In 2005, he became the new and 12th President of the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República), the Portuguese parliament, until 2011. He served as a Member of Parliament between 1975 and 2011.

Foreign policy[edit]

As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jaime Gama signed the Accession Treaty of Portugal to the European Communities, the Friendship, Cooperation and Consultation Treaty with Brazil, and initiated and concluded negotiations with China on the handover of Macau. He negotiated and signed the New York Agreements between the UN, Indonesia, and Portugal that led to the self-determination and independence of East-Timor. On several occasions, he managed crisis and peace and reconciliation efforts in Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau. Jaime Gama was the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2002 when Angola reached peace after a 27-year civil war.

Jaime Gama proposed, negotiated and launched the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

As Foreign Minister he proposed and organized, with Algeria and Egypt, the first Africa-EU Summit, paving the way for the Africa-EU Partnership. As Speaker of the Parliament he negotiated and implemented the Parliamentary Forum of the Ibero-American Community of Nations.

Life after politics[edit]

Jaime Gama is Senior Strategic Counsel at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy and business advisory firm led by former U.S. Secretary of State in the Clinton administration Madeleine Albright and former Commerce Secretary and Kellogg Company CEO Carlos Gutierrez.[2]

Presently, he is a member of the General Council of the University of Lisbon, of the Supervisory Board and of the Strategy Board of the Political Studies Institute, both of the Lisbon Catholic University, of the European Council on Foreign Relations and of the Aspen Ministers Forum.

In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank Novo Banco dos Açores, Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the electronic newspaper “Observador" and a member of the Board of Directors of the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation.


He was awarded with the Grand Crosses of the Order of Christ, the Order of Prince Henry (Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique), the Order of Liberty and the Order of St Michael and St George.


He married in Lisbon on 18 September 1971 Alda Taborda and their son, João Taborda da Gama, born in 1977, is a Tax Law Professor of the Law School of the Catholic University of Portugal.They have five grandchildren. [3]


  • Os Presidentes do Parlamento (Presidents of the Portuguese Parliament), Assembly of the Republic