Appearance of Government members before Senate Foreign Policy Commission

Members of the Government, led by the Second Vice Prime Minister, Charged with Parliamentary Relations and Judicial Affairs, A�ngel Mesie Mibuy, appeared on 19th October before the Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy, International Cooperation and African Integration, in order to clarify any doubts and concerns which arose during the study in second reading of the agreements and protocols, together with conventions signed by the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

The round of appearances began with words of introduction from the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, on the issue of the appearance of members of the Government, as the maximum authority of the institution, accompanied by the First Vice-President, A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan Malabo; the Second Secretary of the Table, Crispin Jaime Sangale Rondo, and the senator Judas Tadeo Ela Baby, who praised the collaboration of the Senate with the Government, on considering that the two institutions should work closely for the benefit of the population.

The members from the departments of Health and Social Welfare, Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment, Fishing and Water Resources, Industry and Energy, and Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Trade and the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Businesses, appeared before the commission to clarify specific doubts which arose during the study of the agreements signed with India and Ghana, on the creation of a Mixed Commission of Cooperation and the Exemption of Visas for the holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports, and the Agreement Related to the suppression of Visas for the Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports signed between our Government and Bolivia, in addition to the framework agreement on the setting up of the ISA International Alliance, and the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair, equal participation in the benefits deriving from their use, to the Convention of Biological Diversity and the proposal for the exemption of entry visas between citizens from Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia.

They also exchanged points of view on the renegotiation of the agreement regarding the suppression of visas for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports once expired.

Regarding mercury, the members of the commission and the ministers for Health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono; Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment, Nicolas Houtonji Acapo; Fishing and Water Resources, Adoracion Salas Chonco; Industry and Energy, Miguel Ekua Ondo, and the Deputy Minister for Trade and the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Alberto Doria Lajay, widely debated the mater due to the impact of eradication, in 2020, of products containing mercury, such as lamps, batteries, and fluorescents, among other components containing mercury.

The commission requested further information on the Convention on Access to Genetic Resources and fair equal participation in the benefits deriving from their use under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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