The Government of Equatorial Guinea is making final preparations for the third Summit of Africa and South America (ASA), which will take place this week in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
several South American countries two weeks ago, Agapito Mba Mokuy, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, met
with those organizing the ASA Summit to discuss the final details.
The summit will
run from Wednesday, February 20th to Saturday, February 23rd. The
opening session involves a meeting between Senior Officials followed by the
Meeting of Ministers. On Friday, the Heads of States from various African and
South American countries will meet to conclude the summit and discuss
South-South cooperation. Leaders attending include Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff and Evo Morales, President of Bolivia.
According to Mba
Mokuy, representatives from member countries will be invited to participate in
a variety of cultural events that will take place throughout the course of the
summit, including art exhibits, film sessions and musical performances.
In addition to
promoting cultural expression among the member countries, the summit will also
provide businessmen a chance to meet with one another and discuss additional
opportunities for exchange and improved relations.
Equatorial Guinea originally planned to have the ASA Summit
in May 2012; however, they had to postpone the event in order to finalize
preparations and ensure the summit’s success. In November 2011, Equatorial
Guinea hosted the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Forum, which involved a meeting
between Senior Officials to promote cooperation and solidarity between Africa
and South America.