On 26th March the presentation of requests for the ratification of various cooperation agreements signed with friendly countries and multilateral institutions began, before the Foreign Policy Commission of the Lower Chamber, led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue, accompanied by ministers from other departments. The sessions will take place under the moderation of the First Vice-President, Santiago Nsobeya Efuman Nchama, in the presence of the Second Vice Prime Minister, Charged with Legal Affairs and Relations with the National Parliament, A�ngel Masie Mibuy.
The first to be presented were ratification requests for the framework agreement on economic, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation, signed with the Arab Republic of Egypt; the agreement on the exemption of visas on diplomats, officials, and service passports signed with the Republic of Angola, and the Protocol of the constituting Act from the African Union, relating to the Pan-African Parliament.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs began his presentation underlining the current position of our country within the agreements with nations that -he said- impose the taking of actions and adoption of mechanisms which tend to strengthen foreign policy and international cooperation, in order to promote better economic, technical, scientific, cultural and diplomatic interaction with friendly brother countries and international bodies, in order to mutually support the efforts deployed, along these lines, by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Under the framework agreement for cooperation signed with the Arab Republic of Egypt, on 10th June 2010, the parties committed to promoting economic, commercial, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation, in harmony with their respective national policies of development, and in accordance with current legislation in their respective States.
The convention foresaw the development of research projects and the training of human resources to contribute to the economic, commercial, cultural, scientific and technical development of the two countries; the organisation of seminars, conferences, and the exchange of information and documentation; the awarding of grants for specialist studies; professional recycling and training; the promotion of the exchange of experts, researchers, teachers and students, and the development of other forms of economic, commercial, cultural and scientific cooperation which are necessary to strengthen the sustainable development of the two States.
The Minister underlined the potential of Egypt, in sectors such as tourism, the construction of infrastructures, livestock rearing, industry, mining, the manufacture of a variety of products, and the production of oil and gas, in a country which -he said- represents a traditional mode of brother country and partner for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, with which it maintains excellent relations of friendship and cooperation.
With the agreement to exempt visas for diplomatic, official and service passports, signed with the Republic of Angola, the two Governments, driven by the desire to consolidate and strengthen further to relations of friendship and cooperation between the two States, aim to facilitate the entry and exit for citizens from the two countries on their official visits, based on the principles of equality and reciprocity.
Equatorial Guinea and Angola are members of the United Nations, the African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Gulf of Guinea Commission, and the progressive collaboration process between the two countries has increased in recent years, with fluid cooperation.
Simeon Oyono Esono also pointed out the main aims of the Pan-African Parliament, which consist in the promotion of greater participation for African peoples in the discussions and decision-making regarding the challenges facing the continent, the protection of the interests of the African population at home and abroad, and the promotion of peace, security, stability and good governance on the continent, safeguarding democratic principles.
The ratification of the protocol relating to the Pan-African Parliament will allow the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to take a more active role in the process of development and integration for our continent, and fully play its role in the promotion of democratic principles and participation by the people in a continental level.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea