Approval of minutes and verdict by Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy

The Senate saw a meeting of the Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy, International Cooperation and African Integration, in order to adopt the minutes and verdict of the study in second reading of the agreement on the exemption of visas for diplomatic, special and service passports between Governments and members of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP). The meeting took place at the Ngolo Palace of International Congresses and Conferences, the provisional headquarters of this parliamentary institution in Bata, and was overseen by the President of the Senate and the Commission, Teresa Efua Asangono.

The study in second reading of the Agreement for the Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports between Governments of member countries of the CPLP, due to the importance of this document in strengthening foreign policy in matters of integration, was one of the main matters covered.

They dealt with the file issued by the Government to parliament authorising the Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to make Equatorial Guinea a party to this agreement, as the CPLP considers mobility as a factor to bring its peoples together, boosting multilateral economic cooperation between member countries.

Following a reading of the minutes and verdict by the First Secretary of Minutes from the Permanent Commission for Foreign Policy, International Cooperation and African Integration, Atanasio Ela Ntugu Nsa, the senators reviewed the documents in order to check that they contained all the amendments approves by the commission during the analysis of the agreement, while inserting minor contributions of an aesthetic, lexical or grammatical nature, in order to improve the texts to be adopted.

In their speeches, they underlined the importance of the authorisation of adherence to the current agreement, allowing the National Group of Member Parliaments of the CPLP in our country to take part with voice and vote in the commissions and meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CPLP organised beyond our borders.

With everything presented by the legislators collated, the minutes and verdict were adopted by the commission, and they were submitted for consideration by the senate Plenary session, for definitive approval of the legal instrument, whose work will feature the presence of the Government delegation.

The meeting concluded with any other business, in which the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, recommended adapting its actions and formalities in accordance with internal regulations, with all the rigour of parliamentary practice.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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