On Tuesday 29th January, the executive at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation held an Executive Council meeting, the first of the year. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, oversaw the meeting of Equatoguinean diplomacy, in which they mainly analysed the study and approval of the internal regulations of the ministry and the Action Plan on Human Trafficking.
The current ministry internal regulations date from seventeen years ago. Currently, neither their content nor denomination can continue to be applicable to the reality of the department that has its mission to execute the foreign policy of the Government. For that reason, the aim is to establish an adequate structure that specifically defines the powers and responsibilities of the various new services it covers, making possible the exercise of activities in each administrative unit, in order that they meet the functions and ends of the department and thus achieve the objectives proposed by the Government through its foreign policy.
The text in question establishes the powers of the Minister, the Deputy and the Secretaries of State at the ministry. To those are added the senior executive bodies of coordination and execution, made up of the general directorates for African and the Middle East, Europe and America, Asia and Pacific, Consular, Cultural and Diaspora Affairs, International Organisations, Legal Affairs and treaties, Diplomatic Information Offices, Protocol and ceremonies, French language, Portuguese language, General Inspection of Services, and consultative and research bodies.
The study and approval of the Action Plan on Human Trafficking is based on the fact that this is called “slavery in the world today”, and the intention is to eradicate it from our country. It is thus essential to set up a Single National Strategy, which encompassed all the objectives aimed at eradicating the various manifestations of violence exercised over people and the fight against their trafficking.
Through this the aim is to create an integrated plan for the fight against this scourge in Equatorial Guinea, starting with the commitment given by our country to eradicate human trafficking through specific actions based on the fight against criminality and migration control, and the adoption, prevention, protection, assistance and compensation for victims.
The Action Plan also includes the conclusions and recommendations from various international bodies, which carry out monitoring and evaluation of current policies regarding this issue in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The legal criminal definition of human trafficking, the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation, the setting up of an Interministerial commission for the analysis and study of the problem, the identification, protection and assistance for victims, and the active persecution of traffickers, the role of civic society and the analysis and improvement in knowledge for an effective response to human trafficking are the main aims of the Government.
The plan will be coordinated by the Ministry for foreign Affairs, in collaboration with administrations and institutions involved in its execution, particularly through the Ministry for Social Affairs and gender Equality. It is expected that it will be valid for two years and expire in 2021.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office