Meeting of CEMAC commission on free movement in Community area

The CEMAC Commission, charged with verifying the degree of compliance with decisions taken at the latest meeting in Djibloho of Heads of State and of Governments in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) on the free movement of persons and goods within the community, is in Malabo.

On Tuesday 8th August, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, representing the Government, oversaw a meeting of the CEMAC Commission led by Pascal Youbi, Commissioner Charged with the Common Market. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister from the Minister for the Interior and Local Corporations, Marcelino Asumu Nsue Okomo, and representatives from various ministries.

The aim of the commission within the member States of the community is to verify the degree of compliance with decisions taken at the latest meeting on the application of free movement of persons and goods within the CEMAC area.

Pascal Youbi, in his speech, welcomed the facilities provided by the Government of our country, and its collaboration in the subregion. He also recalled that during the latest meeting of Heads of State in Djibloho, the main issue was free movement, where the degree of compliance among member States regarding this matter was also revealed. In addition, he underlined the fact that free movement did not exclude control over CEMAC citizens.

Equatorial Guinea agrees with free movement, and following the meeting in Djibloho the Government has allowed free movement with a biometric, diplomatic, official or service passport for all CEMAC member States”, affirmed Mba Mokuy, who underlined the recommendation from Equatorial Guinea that the training of border police was necessary, not only for Equatorial Guinea, but for all member States.

The minister also said that there were other details to improve the document on the protection of internal and external borders, and proposed a general review of the document by the CEMAC Commission for certain sections such as the one covering transit visas. Equatorial Guinea has seen some corrections that should be made to the document presented by the CEMAC Commission, regarding the free movement of persons and goods within the CEMAC area.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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