Angola: Minister George Chikoti Travels to Equatorial Guinea

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, leaves on Sunday for Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, to represent the President of the Republic, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, at the Second Extraordinary Session of Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (CGG).

In this conference, to be held on Monday, the Minister Georges Chikoti will take part in discussions that will focus mainly on the analysis of the organization’s revitalization strategy, the related action plan (2015-2018), as well as the budget (2016-2017).

The Heads of State and Government of CGG will also analyze the application for accession to the Treaty on the Gulf of Guinea Commission, made by the Republic of Ghana.

The Second Extraordinary Session of Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission was preceded by a meeting of experts held from 30 August to 2 September and a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Saturday.

In these meetings, Angola participated with Ambassador Joaquim do Espirito Santo, director for Africa, Middle East and Regional Organizations.

The second session was convened by the acting chairperson of the organization and president of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

In Equatorial Guinea capital, are expected statesmen and representatives of eight CGG member countries, namely, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, DRC and Republic of Congo.

The Gulf of Guinea Commission is a sub-regional organization created on July 3, 2001, in Libreville, Gabon, by five states: Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Nigeria, Congo and the host country. Seven years later (2008), the treaty was ratified by three more countries, namely Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea holds the presidency of CGG since 10 August 2013. The headquarters of the organization is in Angola, who is also the vice chair.

Source: Angola Press Agency.

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