Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Information Minister Presents Topics at Interministerial Council Meeting

Following the Interministerial Council meeting on November 6, the Minister for Information, Press and Radio, and Minister Spokesperson for the Government, Eugenio Nze Obiang, presented the topics that were analyzed during the meeting, which took place at the Ministry for Finance, Economy and Planning.

The Minister stated that, during the meeting, the Presidency of the Government presented the draft project for a Decree granting the name of “October 12 2018, 50th Anniversary“ to the Promenade in Malabo, which was the setting for the military and popular parade during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Equatorial Guinea’s Independence.

Nze Obiang indicated that he had sanctioned a legal instrument in order to bring about this popular wish, and the promenade would be called October 12 - 50 Years of National Independence Promenade.

They also analyzed the Membership Convention for the National Gendarmerie of Equatorial Guinea in the Organization of African Gendarmeries (OGA), presented by the Minister of State for National Security, Nicolás Obama Nchama. This is an instrument to confront the situation of international criminality through international cooperation within the framework of the exchange of assistance between all countries in general, and the various institutions in African countries in particular, in order that this cooperation serves as an instrument of security, guaranteeing both the interests and the stability of the African continent. Its aim is also to contribute towards the fight against the new challenges that are affecting the internal security of States, and increase the capacity to prevent crises.

In order to achieve that, it is necessary for the body of the National Gendarmerie to take the initiative and join the OGA, and to also harmonize effective cooperation. The Government gave the go-ahead to this instrument, so that it can follow its legal procedure.

The commission charged with verifying the various income sources at ministerial departments also submitted information to the Interministerial Council. Nze Obiang stated that the Government is aware of the need to find different sources of income, without affecting the well-being of the population.

The Minister and Government Spokesperson also mentioned the collection of non-petroleum income, and stated that in recent months this income had increased and surpassed forecasts, “This is a good information, but the Prime Minister once again recommended to members of the Government to double their efforts in order that what belongs to the State coffers finds its destination”, he noted.

Furthermore, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono, presented some instruments that the Government has to ratify, agreements on cooperation between the republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Yibuti and Portugal; the agreement on reciprocal extension of visas on diplomatic, official and service passports between Equatorial Guinea and the Russian Federation; and the convention for Central Africa on the control of small arms, ammunition and all parts and components, known as the Kinshasa Convention.