Second meeting of Senate Table in Bata

The Senate Table and Board of Spokespersons met separately on 2nd September, at the facilities of the Palace of International Congresses and Conferences in Ngolo, the provisional headquarters of the Upper Chamber in the city of Bata, to readjust the programme of activities corresponding to the Second Ordinary Period of Parliamentary Sessions 2019.

On the day, the Table worked on the agenda, which includes its adoption and the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting, together with the programme of activities for the Senate in the month of September, and the any other business section.

The meeting began with the reading and review of the minutes covering the report on the execution of the general State budgets corresponding to the first six months of the 2019 economic period, the proposal for the authorisation and ratification of international agreements and conventions, seven draft laws that will be submitted by the Government to Parliament, and five proposed laws from the Senate, among other matters.

Among the projects submitted to Parliament, there is the draft law to reform article 41 of current law number 14/1995, of 9th January, on higher education in the republic of Equatorial Guinea, the draft laws for postal services, mines, ports and the General Law on the Merchant Shipping, together with agreements on tourism cooperation between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Tunisia, and the exemption of visas for diplomatic, special and service passports between the governments of member States of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, (CPLP).

Following that, the Board of Spokespersons met to debate and agree on the programme drawn up by the Senate Table, which will be implemented from 2nd to 30th September, covering the presentation of reports by missions abroad before the Senate plenary session, the meetings of the Table and the Board of Spokespersons, the study of consuetudinary matrimony conceived by ethnic groups, which will be analysed by the Permanent Commission on Justice and Human Rights, and the preliminary study of draft laws presented as papers.

It is the second meeting by the Senate Board of Spokespersons during their stay in the city of Bata, and it was overseen by the Second Vice-President, Agustin Nze Nfumu.

Various suggestions and recommendations were put forward by the spokespersons in order to adjust both the programme of activities for this Second Ordinary Period of Sessions and the agenda corresponding to the present meeting. Along those lines, the Second Vice-President called for progress in order to complete the work within an appropriate time frame.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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