Minister for Information summarises issues covered in Council of Ministers

On Wednesday 14th November, the Government met once again in Council of Ministers at the People’s Palace in Malabo, in the final meeting of 2018. Following the meeting, the Minister for Information, Press and Radio and Minister Government Spokesperson, Eugenio Nze Obiang, as is the custom, appeared before the press to provide details of the matters covered during the meeting.

The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, led the Council of Ministers session, which was attended by Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Prime Minister, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, and the First, Second and Third Vice Prime Ministers, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene, A´┐Żngel Mesie Mibuy and Alfonso Nsue Mokuy respectively, together with ministers of State, ministers and all members of the Executive present in Malabo.

Before the start of the work, the President of the Council of Ministers indicated to the hall that this was the final council meeting of 2018, in which they would learn about actions taken by all the departments in the central administration, as the departments presented their plans at the start of the period.

As a fiscal measure, one of the main reasons for this meeting was the have detailed information on compliance with these actions in the short, medium and long term, according to Eugenio Nze Obiang.

The Head of State also pointed out that in a short time the members of the Executive would enjoy the corresponding Christmas holidays. They then moved on to dealing with the matters which were the subject of the council meeting; the Draft Postal Law, presented by Eucario Bacale Angue Oyana, Minister for Transport, the Postal Service, and Telecommunications, who asserted that this provision intends to provide the Public Administration, citizens, companies and postal operators with a legal instrument that guarantees the right to a universal postal service, and establishes the opening of the postal market based on the principles of free concurrence between the various operators.

He also highlighted the fact that the draft project includes observations by the cabinet of the presidential advisers, and suggestions from the latest Interministerial Council meeting, held on 6th November. The draft project contains 10 chapters, 54 articles, 2 additional , 2 transitory, 1 repeal and one final provision, and was approved without amendment.

The second point on the agenda was the draft decree naming the Malabo Promenade, presented by Baltasar Esono Eworo Nfono, Minister General Secretary for the Presidency of the Government, who recalled that the promenade was the centre of welcome, hospitality and admiration for natives and foreigners alike during the military and popular parade marking 50th Anniversary of Independence. To do that, H. E. the President of the Republic, wishing to immortalise both the historic event and its main place of celebration, suggested the name of “50th Anniversary of Independence Promenade”. This provision has a preamble, a single article, a repeal and two final provisions, and was approved by the council of ministers.

The draft law, creating the Committee for the Restructuring of Public Bodies, Companies and Autonomous Bodies, was presented by the head of Finance, the Economy and Planning, Lucas Abaga Nchama, who highlighted the deficiencies observed in the operation of these bodies created for the ends previously indicated, which was having a negative impact on the economic policy designed by the Government to optimise its management.

As such, it is deemed necessary to create a commission in charge of verifying their operations, and directing them towards the efficient operation and profitability that is required. The provision has a preamble, 4 articles, one additional, one repeal and one final provision. During the debate, the Council of Ministers suggested a decrease in members, reducing it to 3 secretaries of State and 5 expert members, which was approved by the Executive.

The Convention on the National Gendarmerie Joining the Organisation of African Gendarmeries (OGA) was dealt with by Nicolas Obama Nchama, Minister of State, Charged with National Security, who suggested that the Government ratify this convention because it would allow the training and refreshing of the National Gendarmerie in all the national schools, instruction centres and specialist units in matters of security in member countries to extend their knowledge, which would also enable the provision of a good quality of security service, and the maintenance of public order in our country, in accordance with the action plan from the Ministry for National Security. The proposal to join was approved by the Council of Ministers.

The presentation of agreements and conventions signed between Equatorial Guinea and friendly countries – Djibuti, Portugal, Russia, and some international organisations- was dealt with by Bonifacio Mitogo Bindang, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation:

1. Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Djibuti.

2. Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Portugal.

3. Agreement on Reciprocal Extension of Visas for Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Russian Federation.

Multilateral Conventions:

1. Kinshasa Convention on the control of small and light arms, their ammunition, parts and components which may serve their manufacture, repair and assembly; a convention sponsored by the United Nations.

2. African Union Convention on the prevention and fight against corruption. The presenter concluded his speech by highlighting the good relations with these friendly countries and international organisations, which implies the compliance of our international obligations, such is the ratification of these international instruments to establish relations of trust in the execution of our foreign policy. These conventions were approved by the Executive and submitted for the corresponding legal procedures.

In relation to the justification of the current account income for the third quarter of 2018, the Secretary of State, Charged with the Treasury, Milagrosa Obono Angue, presented the collection of income from the non-petroleum sectors, from the various ministerial departments, corresponding to the third quarter of this year, which reached a total of 53,386 million Franco CFA, against a forecast of 47,070 million Franco CFA, meaning a return of 13% above the forecast.

On the report on the execution of the action plans from the departments of the central administration, the first ministry to present was that of Public Administration and Administrative Reform, under its chief, Faustino Ndong Esono Eyang, who justified his actions based on the provision of cards to officials; the retirement of 100 officials; the anticipation of 597 posts; the training of 460 officials; the creation of a census of officials; the computerisation of the central administration; the ideal staff for the administration; the disciplinary inspection of officials; the extension of disciplinary files to the fight against corruption, and the reform of projects on public officials for retirement due to time and years and service, which is being submitted for consideration before Parliament.

The Minister for Civil Aviation, Leandro Miko Angue, presented the actions taken by his department, pointing out the operations of Ceiba; the signing of a framework contract with Ethiopian Airlines; the certification process for manuals; the negotiations so that Iberia can once again fly to Equatorial Guinea; negotiations with new foreign operators; the definitive removal of Equatorial Guinea from the European Union list; the perimeters of national airports; the integration of Guinean members in international organisations (OACI), and the training of human resources.

The Council of Ministers ended the session, to continue tomorrow with the study of actions taken by all departments from the central administration.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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