The first ordinary session of the year of the Parliament of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) began Monday afternoon, February 2, in the Equatorial Guinean capital, in the festive atmosphere surrounding the celebration of the Africa Cup of Nations. Chairman Vincent Mavoungou Bouyou spoke to refer to the community perspectives of 2015, and highlighted the decision by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea accepting to host the CAN.
The opening session was attended by the Minister of State of the Government Presidency for Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo, among other members of the Equatorial Guinean Government.
During his speech, the Chairman of the CEMAC, Vincent Mavoungou Bouyou, expressed his gratitude to H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for finding the appropriate solutions for the development of the community Parliament in its integrative work of the Central African region. He also recalled that the sessions inaugurated now take place in a particular context, with several important issues on the table, such as terrorism, the Ebola virus and falling oil prices.
-“The fall in oil prices is a global economic concern, which seriously affects the development prospects of our countries. The persistence of the Ebola virus is detrimental to strengths of our nations,” said Vincent Mavoungou, among other things.
Regarding terrorism, another concern of the Parliament of the CEMAC, and particularly the threat of the Islamist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, he stated that: “Since January 2014, this sect wanted to seize the northern end of Cameroon, a rear-guard and resupply base, which is involved in the abuse of all kinds, kidnapping, looting, murders… The Cameroonian army, with courage and fighting spirit, struggles to contain the onslaught of this asymmetric warfare, where the President, H.E. Paul Biya, appeals to the international community for its participation. This call has been echoed also by the President of Chad, H.E. Idriss Deby Itno, in his capacity as Chairman of the ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States), also making available the Chadian army to materialize the solidarity of the peoples of Central Africa. We must ask whether this military cooperation between the two States will be enough to eradicate this threat.”
To finalize, the parliamentary chairman made a call to all the member States of the CEMAC to fight against Boko Haram.
Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office