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The Fourth Meeting of ASACOF will begin on November 22 and 23 with the Senior Officials Meeting and will continue on November 24 and 25 with the Council of Ministers. All events are held at the Sipopo Conference Center.
From November 24 to 25 at the Sipopo International Conference Center in Malabo will be held the fourth meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Africa-South America Cooperation Forum (ASACOF), a meeting that will be preceded by the Meeting of Senior Officials of the Forum, to be held on November 22 and 23 in the same city. Therefore, Sipopo will become the great center of the meeting between African and South American foreign ministers.

The Forum of Foreign Ministers of South America and Africa aims to establish, for the attention of the Summit, the guidelines that will lead to closer ties of fraternity among the populations, and also serve to strengthen cooperation for development of both regions, in accordance with the principles of multipolarity and respect for territorial and political autonomy.

The Africa-South America Cooperation Forum is composed of 55 African countries and 12 South American States, members of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

This forum is structured as follows:

a) The Africa-South America (ASA) Summit, which is the highest body, held every two years. To date, there have been two summits: the first in Abuja (Federal Republic of Nigeria) in 2006, and the second in Isla Margarita (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) in 2009.

b) The Strategic Presidential Table is made up by four regional coordinators and a representative of the African Union Committee and of UNASUR. Currently, the regional coordinators are: Brazil, Nigeria, Venezuela and Libya.

c) Two Secretaries: a pro tempore secretary and an executive or permanent secretary.

d) The Council of Foreign Ministers precedes the ASA Summit.

e) The Advisory Committee of Ambassadors.

This Fourth Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Africa-South America Cooperation Forum, besides reaffirming their political commitment to strengthen coordination mechanisms at the highest level and to review the most pressing issues facing the international community, they will focus their efforts on the evaluation of the implementation plan of the Strategic Agenda 2010-2015. This agenda addresses topics for bi-regional cooperation, such as trade, investment, tourism, infrastructure, transportation, energy, mining, science and technology, peace and security, etc.

Equatorial Guinea participated in the work of the Third Meeting of the Council of Ministers, held on November 27, 2010 in New York. H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic, Head of State and Chairman of the African Union, participated at the highest level in the work of the Second ASA Summit, which took place from September 26 to 27, 2009, in Isla Margarita (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).

At that meeting, the State of Equatorial Guinea denounced the innocuous world economic system, and urged bi-regional solidarity and the creation of an African-South American economic society, advocating for emancipation against neocolonialism, for the exchange of experiences, reaffirming that our country does not have territorial ambitions, nor does it aspire to leadership in its relations with other countries, but, thanks to its favorable climate of peace, it feels it is useful in contributing to the good of the international community.

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