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Angola: President Underlines Importance of Gulf of Guinea Commission

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – August 12th, 2013

Malabo — The Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, underlined on Saturday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the special importance of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) for the region, Africa and world in general.

The Angolan statesman said so when addressing the 3rd Ordinary Summit of the Heads of States and Government.

The Angolan Head of State pointed out, among other aspects, GGC role for the normalisation of the maritime routes in the Atlantic Ocean and planetary energetic security.

José Eduardo dos Santos said that the rates of oil production and perspectives of its growth, in relation to reserves discovered in the region lately, confer the member countries the responsibility for defining the right policies and thus act united to better explore and empower the existing resources.

According to him, it is important to continue to promote trust among member states, by establishing policies, measures and mechanisms that strengthen the good neighbourly relations and multi-lateral cooperation.

As the outgoing chair of GGC, Eduardo dos Santos considered important to end with the existing armed conflicts in some member states and fight against the growing cross border crimes, such as the trafficking of drugs, weapons and human being, maritime piracy and smuggling, poaching, illegal immigration, terrorism, money laundering and other illicit practices.

According to him, these bad acts attempt against the security of the oil exploration ecosystems and fisheries, maritime navigation and other economic activities, endangering the peace, internal security and stability of countries bathed by the waters of Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Guinea.

Gulf of Guinea Commission, founded in 1999, groups Angola, Cameroon, DR Congo, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.