Minister for Transport takes part in AU Summit on Free trade Area

The Minister for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications, Rufino Ovono Ondo, as member of the presidential entourage that went to Niamey (Niger) to take part in the Extraordinary Session of the Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government on the Continental African Free trade Zone, met members of the African E-Trade Group, covering Electronic Commerce, on 6th July.

E-Trade is responsible for promoting solutions for development and implementing a programme of electronic empowerment that will improve commerce within and outside Africa, led by its president, Mulualem Syoum, and wants to set up in Equatorial Guinea.

This programme was established within the framework of the continental integration and free trade project, through a collaboration convention signed between the African Union Commission and the Africa E-Commerce Development International Group, to promote the installation of African platforms for electronic commerce.

During the meeting, the Minister for Transport was accompanied by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Ethiopia and Representative of the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission before the African Union, Crisantos Obama Ondo.

The minister was interested in the advantages that this initiative would provide for Equatoguinean society, a concern that was cleared up by members of the group, who cited its advantages in the management of cross-border infrastructures in order to facilitate electronic commerce, the management of special economic zones, and the capacity to implement the intercontinental free trade zone.

In addition, the establishment of these platforms in our country would work positively to strengthen small and medium-sized companies, the specialist training of young people, and entrepreneurship and the creation of employment.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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