Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to sign memorandum on electrical connection

The planned signing of a memorandum of understanding on an electrical connection project between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon was revealed by the President of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), Daniel Ona Ondo, following a meeting on 12th September with the Minister of State to the Presidency of the Republic, Charged with Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo.

The agreement comes within the Electricity for All programme started by the Government of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2007.

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, pending an upcoming meeting of CEMAC,

are working to ensure that the connecting lines in the project, which are: Mongomo – Oyem, Ebebiyin – Bitam and Akourenam � Medouneu, are soon a reality, taking into account that the programme in our country is to accelerate the implementation of integrating projects.

The CEMAC President visited Equatorial Guinea with the aim of integrating projects and speaking to Equatoguinean authorities on electrical connections, and the construction of a a dry port in the area of the three borders.

In the meeting with authorities from Equatorial Guinea, Daniel Ona Ondo recalled that the electrical connection project between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon had already been the object of preliminary work by the Central Africa energy hub, and stressed the social impact with an improvement in living conditions for

populations and the economy, through an increase in the production of goods and services by companies.

He also considered it a good moment to update the project, taking into account that it was backed by the two countries at the Douala meeting in July.

For his part, Engonga Edjo highlighted the fact that the presence of various members of the Government at the meeting demonstrated the wish to promote integration projects.

With respect to the project to build a dry port in the area of the three borders (Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Gabon), the President of the CEMAC Commission explained that in the Regional Economic Programme (REP), the construction of dry ports has been identified as a priority, taking into account that this area appears suitable for a dry port.

With a view to the renewed activities in this area, he presented the benefits of this project which, on the one hand, will boost the economies in the subregion, and on the other, will intensify trade between the three countries. He also revealed that the project could be carried out as a public-private partnership.

Ona Ondo praised the Equatoguinean Government for the adoption of the CEMAC biometric passport, and urged Equatorial Guinea to establish its national committee of origin in order to certify and sell national products in the CEMAC zone.

For his part, Engonga congratulated the President of the Commission for his efforts towards integration, which are appreciated by everyone everywhere, and expressed his support for “controlled free circulation”, with special emphasis on the training of border police agents.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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