Appearance before Senate on agreements between Government and Parliament

The Government Delegation led by the Second Vice Prime Minster, A�ngel Mesie Mibuy, and made up of ministers for Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation, appeared on Wednesday 14th February before the Senate Plenary session in order to clarify doubts which arose during the viewing of conventions and agreements submitted by the Government to Parliament.

These were the Convention on immunities for States and their goods, one from the United Nations against corruption and the adhesion to the Convention of Rome for the unification of specific rules regarding the conservation of aircraft; documents about which, following their study and analysis in the second reading, the upper Chamber has concerns, requiring the appearance of the corresponding departments in order to provide answers to the doubts of the Senators.

On the day, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simeon Oyono Esono, gave the plenary session the reasons why the Government suggested the ratification of these conventions.

The Head of State explained that, in accordance with the principles of international law, the convention on jurisdictional immunity for States and their goods has as its aim the safeguarding and protection of the jurisdictional immunity of a State and its goods before the courts of another State, and to strengthen the measures of judicial security in all areas.

With respect to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the senators asked about the implementation of this convention, and the minister Oyono Esono pointed out that the convention covers preventive measures, which oblige the State to provide greater cooperation in order to prevent the movement of funds, promote technical assistance and the fight against corruption, promoting integrity, while he recalled that the African Union had designated 2018 as a year of fighting against corruption.

For his part, the Minister for Civil Aviation, Leandro Miko Angue, defended the ratification of the Convention of Rome, explaining that aircraft may be the object of preventive embargo and as a cautionary measure, this must prevent any interruption in the airline service. In this sense, the Government wants the upper Chamber to authorise our country’s adhesion to this convention.

Following their deliberations, the three conventions were worthy of authorisation from the representatives of the people in the upper Chamber for ratification.

The President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, in her speech, in addition to congratulating the delegation of the Government for their brilliant presentation, stressed that the ratification of these three conventions arises through the imperious need of the Government.

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

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