Review of various international agreements and conventions in Senate

On 23rd May, the Permanent Commission on Foreign Policy, International Cooperation and African Integration, overseen by Teresa Efua Asangono, continued with a review of the agreements and conventions signed by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea with other countries and international bodies.

The working session was attended by a Government delegation, led by the Second Vice Prime Minister, Charged with legal Affairs in the Presidency and Parliamentary Relations, A´┐Żngel Mesie Mibuy, and including the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, who presented before the commission various agreements and conventions signed by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea with friendly countries, and which the Government is asking the Senate for authorisation for ratification.

After the presentation of the legal instruments, the members of the commission began their deliberations of the first document; the African Union Convention on the Protection and Aid for Displaced Persons in Africa, which aims to promote and strengthen regional and national measures designed to prevent, reduce, prohibit and eliminate the main causes of internal displacement, taking into account that it is a phenomenon in which persons feel an obligation, in order to avoid the affects caused by situations of armed conflict, and natural catastrophes which have a devastating impact on human life, peace, stability, security and development.

Through this convention the aim is to establish a legal framework to protect and provide aid for displaced persons in Africa, and adopt measures to eradicate the main causes which lead to displacement and thus envisage lasting solutions.

The legal instrument adopted at the African Union Summit, on 22nd October 2009 in Kampala, Uganda, sets out a series of obligations that must be adopted by participating States, and determines the types of displacement , such as those caused by situations of violence or general violations of human rights, and those based on policies of racial discrimination, aimed at altering the ethnic or religious composition of the population.

The debates by members of the commission served to add their contributions and small corrections in form to the convention, which was finally adopted.

The other document looked at was the agreement creating the Continental Africa Free Trade Zone, implementing one of the goals included in the African Union Agenda 2063 to create a continental market with the free circulation of persons, capital, goods and services, which is essential for strengthening economic integration, promoting the development of agriculture, and food and industrial security.

Regarding those aspects that created doubt during the review of the document, the commission put forward a series of recommendations, and questions to be put to the Government delegation.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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