Meeting of the executive at Foreign Affairs

The need to update the Organic Regulations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Decree of Concession for Passports, the Law on Foreign Service, the renewal of the status of diplomat, in addition to the study of the ideal staffing and the monitoring of all agreements, conventions and treaties signed by Equatorial Guinea under international law, were the matters covered during the Executive Council meeting held on 2nd June at the ministerial headquarters.

The meeting took place following the appointment of the new team of director generals, and was overseen by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue.

At the meeting they also looked at the report and adoption of the general action plan for the ministry for 2018, and the examination and adoption of the draft project for the investment budget for the 2019 economic period.

After listening to sector reports from the general directorates, those present looked at the strategic alignments and focusses on which the foreign policy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will be based for the next few years. They also looked at the new system of recruitment and training for diplomatic staff, in accordance with the specialities required at the ministry, through the holding of specialisation courses in specific areas, in accordance with the six principle pillars on which the foreign policy of Equatorial Guinea will be built for the coming year.

At the headquarters of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, they also looked at the strengthening of South-South Cooperation, the setting up of an effective mechanism to monitor cooperation programmes, including the drawing up of an effective inventory of the agreements signed and the control requirements for them, by the relevant sector departments.

In addition, they looked at the diplomatic mechanisms to apply in the attainment of the presidency of Equatorial Guinea before the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) in 2020.

For her part, Maria A�ngeles Miaga Bibang, Secretary of State Charged with Equatorial Guinea Economic and Patrimonial Affairs Abroad, explained the responsibilities corresponding to each departmental section, and their respective assigned budgets, based on the priority needs in the draft budget for the ministry, for the 2019 economic period. The budget contains the costs of the 49 current diplomatic missions abroad, including the missions in Tunis, Maputo, Harare, Kampala, Conakry and Abiyan, which were created recently.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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