On the morning of Wednesday, January 28, the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) is held. Security and Ebola are important issues in this meeting’s established agenda.
Upon his departure, in the Pavilion of Honor of the Malabo International Airport, the Head of State was seen off by members of the Government and other personalities.
The activities of the summit began on January 12 with the first themed and preparatory meetings; but the key meetings begin on Thursday, January 29, for example, the Meeting of the Committee of Ten on UN Reforms, a topic in which the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has spent much time working and insisting on. Our country will participate in this committee. On the afternoon of the same day, a meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the level of Heads of State and Government is also scheduled.
On January 30, during the opening of the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union (which ends on Saturday, January 31), the country will be elected that will hold the chairmanship of the AU during 2015. Several meetings of the Organization of First Ladies against AIDS are also planned.
Ebola, security and progress of the continent’s economy are some of the main issues to be addressed with particular care during these sessions.
On security issues, the latest terrorist actions of Boko Haram are of particular concern. The Nigerian Islamist group, which continues to expand its influence in recent months, now threatens the entire Central African subregion. Therefore, it is expected that the possible creation of a multinational intervention force under UN mandate to combat it will be analyzed.
Text: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Photos: Romualdo Ndong (Presidential Press)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office