President of Senate holds meeting with Gabonese counterpart

Following the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, celebrated on 12th October in the city of Malabo, the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, met on Saturday 13th with her Gabonese counterpart, Lucie Milebou Aubusson Mboussou, to cover matters concerning future cooperation between the two senates in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, which could be arranged in the near future.

Teresa Efua Asangono used the meeting to speak to Lucie Milebou Aubusson Mboussou, President of the Gabon Upper Chamber, about the need to initiate relations of cooperation and friendship between the two legislative bodies, taking into account that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have close ties of cooperation and friendship.

During the conversation, Efua Asangono described the Gabonese bicameral experience as positive, both on a central Africa subregional and Continental African level, and praised South-South cooperation for the good results obtained. Specifically, Efua Asangono insisted on the need to establish this cooperation relationship in order to strengthen the exchange of experiences, that would begin with the training of Senate personnel, and issued an invitation to her Gabonese counterpart to visit our country.

The two figures agreed to create a friendship group that, in addition to strengthening the representation of women in the two chambers, would also take charge of strengthening the exchange of experiences between the two legislative bodies, indicating that the Senate of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea had a total of 70 senators, of whom only 11 were women.

The same experience was true of the Upper Chamber of Gabon, with 102 senators, of whom 10 were women. The President of the Gabon Senate reported that there was an association of female senators, and that she would like to establish cooperation, in order to strengthen capacities, with the association of female senators from Equatorial Guinea.

The leader of the Gabonese Senate was in our country as representative of her President, H. E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, who for reasons of scheduling was unable to personally attend the fiftieth anniversary of independence.

Lucie Milebou Aubusson Mboussou pointed out the solidarity and affection between the people of Equatorial Guinea and its President, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and described as excellent the organisation and course of the independence celebrations.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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