According to the Project to Strengthen Governance of Raw Materials (REPAM) in Central Africa, members of the Civil Society Organisations of the EITI committees from Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have met for the second time this year, in order to look at various aspects regarding civil society in the two countries.
The opening ceremony for the work at this seminar, which took place at the Hotel Sofitel President Palace in Malabo and facilitated by Paul Dehouman, featured speeches by the EITI General Secretary in Equatorial Guinea, Cesar Augusto Hinestrosa, representing the Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons and president of the aforementioned committee, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima; by the representative of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) in Equatorial Guinea, Ndong Pelayo, and the German Ambassador, Elmar Jacobs.
There were other speeches from the Director General of the Equatoguinean Civil Society, Elias Ondo Mbana, and from the interim president of EITI in Gabon, Michel Antseleve.
Under the banner “Democracy and Good Governance”, the EITI members from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will receive, from 6th to 9th June, a training seminar which will allow their Civil Society Organisations ( CSO) to learn the tools and mechanisms for internal handling, and how to carry out fully and effectively their missions within the extractive sector, and boost sustainable governance in this promising strategic sector.
In order to improve transparency in the extractive sector in Central Africa, the CEMAC commission is supporting the transparency initiative for extractive industries in member States that have signed up to the plan, through the promotion and coordination of regional exchanges.
Among the activities to be looked at during the seminar are important points such as themed workshops; matters relating to the genesis, evolution, institution and commissioning bodies of the EITI, good governance, etc.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea