Widening of references for Interministerial Council

The Minister for Information , Press and Radio, Eugenio Nze Obiang, has offered a Widening of References for the Interministerial Council, which was overseen by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. We are including the full content with this article.

The Council was attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, and the Vice Prime Ministers, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene, A�ngel Mese Mibuy and Alfonso Nsue Mokuy, respectively. The agenda for the Council of Ministers included 15 points and began with a reading and approval of the previous session read by Baltasar Esono Eworo Nfono, Minister General Secretary to the Presidency of the Government. This was followed by the synthesis report from the Prime Minister, , Francisco Pascual Obama Asue.

“With the Council of Ministers debate open, they first studied 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 Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Education, University teaching and Sports, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene, reported that taking into account the declaration by the heads of State and Governments of 11th February 2005, there was a right to impart freely within the CPLP space, including Portugal.

With the establishment of the process of construction and implementation of a new educational model for higher education called LMD, and taking into account that the declaration, in addition to establishing the process of construction and implementation of a new educational model for higher education and other additions, the ministers were instructed charged with higher education in CEMAC to activate and define the aims, ways and forms for the implementation of higher education, research and professional training.

The draft law contains an introduction, a single article introducing modifications to Article 41 of current Law 14/1995 of 9th January, on education in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

The draft law was approved unanimously.

The draft law on mines in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea was presented by the Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, who underlined the fact that the new economic situation and the current crisis has made his ministerial department, in consonance with the aims of the Government with respect to industrialisation and economic diversification, carry out a detailed study of the current law, in order to make it a technical tool capable of responding to the economic upheavals of the moment, through which the intention was to go from uncontrolled, subsistence, craft production to controlled industrial production in order to provide more visibility for our resources and create industrial production.

The current draft law has an explanation of reasons, 7 headings, 3 chapters, 9 sections, 128 articles, one additional, one transitional, one repeal and one final provision.

After that, the minister for Mines reported to the Council of Ministers on progress in preparations for holding the Fifth head of States Summit in the forum of gas exporting countries in Malabo from 25th to 29th November, 2019.

The forum for gas exporting countries, with its headquarters in Doha, Qatar, in a government organisation made up of the main gas exporting countries in the world, including Algeria, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Bolivia and Venezuela. In addition to these important producers of natural gas, it also includes various countries as observer members, including Azerbaijan, Iraq, Norway, Kazakhstan, Oman, Peru and Angola.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has the privilege that this is the first occasion that the event is being held on the African continent and within the framework of 2019, that the Ministry for Mines and Hydrocarbons has designated.

Both the law on mines and the report presented were approved by the senior Government meeting.

The draft laws on Ports and the Merchant Navy were presented by the Deputy Minister for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunication, Joaquin Elema Borengue.

Activity in the maritime sector is an essential element for the economy of a country, and this is particularly true taking into account that Equatorial Guinea has more sea than land, where independently of maritime transport there are also other resources. The membership of our country to the international maritime organisation, the maritime organisation of East and Central Africa, and other international, regional and subregional institutions, establishes the need to create and approve a law on the merchant navy in our country in accordance with current demands, which develops some of the provisions of CEMAC regulations, which are obligatory for member States.

This situation of a lack of regulation in the sector and deficiencies noted in the operational structure of the maritime administration and ports is critical and justify the presentation of these provisions. The Draft Law is structured in an explanation of reasons, 17 headings, various chapters, 730 articles, 1 additional, 2 transitional, 1 repeal and 1 final provision, and regulates all significant aspects of maritime administration.

The Draft Law on Ports in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea emerged through the modernisation of port infrastructures that must be combined with the modernisation of the Government and administrative structure for ports and the national port system in general.

The current Ports Law aims to establish and regulate a management model for ports which combines agility, profitability and flexibility for businesses with the functions of public administration to order, regulate, control, inspect and manage the infrastructures, promoting private initiative to assume the exploitation of various port activities.

This Draft Law has an explanation of reasons, followed by 9 articles over 11 chapters, and concludes with 6 additional, 3 transitional, 1 repeal and 1 final provision, regulating the port authorities and the exploitation of ports.

The 2 provisions were adopted by the executive.

In the eighth point, the Vice-Minister for Finance, the Economy and Planning, Valentin Ela Meye, presented the draft decree to create the national Technical Committee for the improvement of the business climate and competitiveness of the economy in Equatorial Guinea. This project aims to create 2 structures,one political and the other technical, to ensure compliance with the route map resulting from the top-level seminar on the business climate held on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November 2018 in the city of Sipopo.

The route map covers 13 areas, with the first being top-level leadership for the monitoring of reforms created through the decree. The main aim of this commission is that by 2035 Equatorial Guinea is in the top 50 of the Doing Business global ranking which is published annually by the international financial corporation belonging to the World Bank group, thus creating an environment conducive to the attraction of foreign capital which will complement the work of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in solidifying sustainable, inclusive economic development.

The decree includes an explanation of reasons, 6 articles, 1 additional and 1 final provision, and was approved by the Council of Ministers.

In points 9, 10 and 12, Bonifacio Mitogo, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, presented the draft decree to designate the national commission, charged with the strategy on the capture, reception and distribution of study grants abroad, and the draft national action plan for the prevention and fight against the trafficking of persons, for the 2019-2021 period, and the agreement on the abolition of visas for special diplomatic and service passports between the Governments of CPLP member States.

With reference to the project that designated the national commission charged with the strategy on the capture of grants, the aim is to ensure there is a professional body adapted to the new situation, with the need to conform to a structure that deals with the implementation of the strategy on the capture, reception and distribution of study grants with transparency and fairness for all Equatoguinean students, whether abroad or within the wide network of professional centres now available in the country.

This national commission, which will be overseen by the Ministry for Education, University Teaching and Sports, and will include the Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Work, Employment Promotion and Social Security, the rectors from UNGE and the AUCA in Djibloho.

The Draft National Action Plan for the prevention and fight against the trafficking of persons for the 2019-2021 covers this universal scourge condemned by all organisations which defend human rights. For that reason, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has always been outstanding as an important player in cooperation, agreement and coordination of common policies and the search for reliable solutions for sustainable development, always promoting the defence of peace and dialogue, as shown through its membership of the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council, and has always remained active in all circumstances despite the diversity of moments of history and the differences that may exist.

The draft action plan for the prevention and fight against the trafficking of persons is a necessity, as the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has the worst level 3 classification in the report issued every year by the United States of America state department on the trafficking of persons.

These reports have created unease in bilateral relations between the two countries, which has not permitted direct exchange in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation despite the fact that the matter in question is within the multilateral framework. H. E. the President of the Council of Ministers insisted on the need for the Government to use all the means at its disposal to raise awareness in the population and adopt legal transparent mechanisms that allow the adoption of children in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and remove all traces of the trafficking of persons in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Finally, Bonifacio Mitogo Bindang, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, presented the agreement on the suppression of visas for diplomatic, official and service passports within the CPLP area.

Since the Republic of Equatorial Guinea joined the CPLP in July 2014, our Government has shown political responsibility by complying with each and every one of the many demands that membership implies.

One of these obligations is adherence to and ratification of the agreement that will give citizens of Equatorial Guinea, holders of diplomatic, official or service passports, the right to free passage within the CPLP area, including Portugal.

This agreement is important for the CPLP community, as it establishes an open community area for its citizens, particularly in the categories indicated above, and it may be said that one of the main aims of the CPLP is to strengthen the ties between Portuguese-speaking peoples and, along those lines, mobility and free movement of citizens within the area, promoting education and cultural and economic exchange between member States.

The 3 provisions were approved by the Council of Ministers.

The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, presented the tourism cooperation agreement between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Tunisia. This agreement sets out the bases for the promotion an improvement of trade and cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two sides, without prejudice to the current national legislation in each country and international agreements signed by the two.

The parties agree to take all the necessary steps to promote and increase the flow of tourists between the two countries, and intensify tourist groups from third party countries ; it will thus promote the reciprocal participation in tourism exhibitions and fairs organised in the two countries and the alternate reciprocal organisation of tourism weeks.

The agreements has 1 introduction and 9 articles, and was approved by the executive.

The Secretary of State, Milagrosa Obono Angue, reported to the Council of Ministers on the new income ceiling for June to December 2019, which is 186 thousand 28 million, in accordance with the deliberations of the commission assigned by the Prime Minister of the Government, based on the evaluation of income from the last 2 years and income from the first quarter, in other words, the 2016 and 2017 periods and the first quarter of 2018.

Justification of income.

The justification of non-petroleum income for the months of January to May come to a total of 104,584,328,768 Franco CFA, against a forecast of 78,450,939,444 Franco CFA, reaching an upwards figure of 33.3%; this rise in income is justified in the general way this happens in the pre-voluntary period.

However, although in general income has exceeded expectations, it was pointed out that some ministries recorded incomes below those forecasted. It is expected that through the measures set out above an improvement in the behaviour of income will be obtained in the second quarter of 2019.

Concluding the study of the points adopted from the agenda, H. E. President of the Republic, Head of State and Government, instructed the Government to make exhaustive checks on income and take all the necessary measures to prevent the diversion of funds which should feed the national coffers.

With no further matters to deal with, the session was closed in the name of the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea”.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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