The Senate plenary session heard reports from the Regional African Assembly of the Francophone Assembly, held in the city of Praia, Cape Verde, and the First Ordinary Session of the Fifth Legislature of the Pan-African Parliament held in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
These events served to cover matters related to migration, terrorism, and food and nutritional security in Africa.
The report was presented by the senator Crispin Jaime Sangale Rondo, member of the delegation that attended the Francophone Parliamentary Assembly, which took place in the month of May with a meeting of fifteen parliaments from different countries, with the opening ceremony being marked by speeches from the presidents of the national assemblies from the Republic of Cape Verde, Jorge Pedro Mauricio Dos Santos; from Quebec, Jacques Chagnon; and from Ivory Coast, Guillaume Kigbafori, together with the President of the republic of Cape Verde.
At that assembly, the participants presented an overall vision of the socio-political situation in French-speaking African countries that were experiencing crises related to terrorism, and expressed their concern for the political situations in Madagascar and Burundi; a concern shared by the head of the delegation from our country, Sangale Rondo, who declared that terrorism could hit in any country in the world, and indicated the attempt at destabilisation against the people of Equatorial Guinea carried out by a group of mercenaries on 24th December last year.
In addition to terrorism, they covered the matter of the migratory crisis, respect or human rights in French-speaking Africa, and maritime and air transport. In that regard, the Equatorial Guinea representative pointed out that the Government, as member of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa , with its policy of the free movement of people, goods and services, has implemented mechanisms to regulate the process of immigration with the classification of groups of citizens to control the flow of immigrants.
Following deliberations, the assembly approved a declaration on the migration crisis in which the parliaments promised to do everything possible to reduce poverty through the development of the economy and entrepreneurial spirit, and promote the implementation of the infrastructures necessary for the most disadvantaged sections of the population, with youth and women as a priority.
The report on the Pan-African Parliament which took place in Kigali was presented by the senator Purificacion Buari Lasaquero. It indicated that this parliament did not have real power, but was consultative, with the final aim of becoming an institution with full legislative powers, to promote human rights and democracy in Africa, good governance and transparency, the submission of accounts from the member countries of the African Union, and to promote peace, security and stability on the African continent, among other aims.
In the sixth ordinary session of this Pan-African Parliament, overseen by the President of the institution, Roger Nkodo Dang, they covered various matters, such as systems for food and nutritional security in Africa, the new focus on the development of the governance of natural resources, the fight against the illicit flow of capital, and corruption in the sector of natural resources in African countries, among other issues.
The session also served as an occasion to elect the fourth vice-president of the institution, Chief Fortune Charumbira, from Zimbabwe.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office