On Friday 17th May, the Senate delegations that have taken part in various international forums, presented the reports of foreign missions before the Senate plenary session overseen by Teresa Efua Asangono, who was accompanied by her First and Second Vice-Presidents, A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan Malabo and Agustin Nze Nfumu.
The first report was presented by the senator Emilia Nchama Ndong, as member of the delegation led by the First Vice-president of the Lower Chamber, Santiago Nsobeya Efuman, and made up of the senators Elias Ovono Nguema and Tomas Mecheba Galilea, and the deputies Salvador Nguema Mangue and Maria Leonor Bula Epam Biribe, who attended the forty-first conference and seventy-third meeting of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) which took place in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, from 5th to 9th November 2018, overseen by the President of the Chamber of Representatives in Nigeria, Samuel Ikon.
At this international conference they extensively debated matters relating to the fight against terrorism, armed organisations, and the promotion of private investment and the fight against early marriages, which seriously prejudices the schooling of girls.
Furthermore, a report was presented on the meeting of presidents of national groups from the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) in Luanda, Angola, on 27th and 28th February 2019, read by Salvador Ayingono Mangue, secretary of the delegation made up of other senators and deputies.
At the meeting they debated the CPLP Business Plan for the 2019-2020 mandate, the installation of a CPLP permanent Secretariat, and the forum for dialogue of Young Parliamentarians from the community, where it was deemed necessary to adopt policies which promote the integration of young people in the political lives of the member states.
During the meeting, the participants exchanged impressions on aspects related to the functioning of the parliamentary organisation of the CPLP and its commissions. The Equatorial Guinea Delegation also used the occasion to propose the need to create a Portuguese cultural centre in our country, on order to allow the general population to learn the language.
Following the debates, the assembly decided to create an International Institute for the Portuguese Language and support countries like Equatorial Guinea and East Timor with the teaching and spreading of Portuguese.
After the presentation of the report, the senators asked about the level of implementation of Portuguese in Equatorial Guinea, and thought it opportune that the Minister for Education, University Teaching and Sports, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene, appeared to explain his action plan for the learning of Portuguese.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office