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Equatorial Guinea Seeks Full, Systematic Implementation Of Accord On Free Movement

Posted by – November 16th, 2013


Technical and administrative conditions of the agreement must be in  place before nations will be able to manage the free movement of  people.

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov.  14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Government of Equatorial  Guinea favors full implementation of the Free Movement Agreement of the  Economic and Monetary Community of Central  Africa (CEMAC) Area, and will support efforts of CEMAC countries to  implement all conditions and technical requirements leading to an eventual free  movement of persons among the signatory states, the government said in a  statement issued yesterday.

The government of Equatorial Guinea decided  not to apply the agreement in its territory during a meeting of the Council of  Ministers on November 8. The government explained  afterward that there are still several requirements and condition—to be carried  out in stages—that CEMAC States must meet and comply with. In addition, the  agreement must be approved by both houses of Equatorial Guinea’s Parliament.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Agapito Mba Mokuy summoned the  Ambassadors of the CEMAC countries accredited in Equatorial Guinea to a meeting at the foreign  ministry on November 11 to explain the  government’s position.

The Minister explained that Equatorial  Guinea’s position is that because the recommendations that were made by  the Heads of State of the CEMAC zone have not yet been fully implemented, it  would be premature for the agreement to enter into force. Many of the  requirements are intended to prepare the way for the orderly free movement of  persons. Until they are in effect, the area risked a chaotic movement of  people.

The agreement requires the development of a CEMAC biometric passport in the  different diplomatic, official and service categories; the creation of model of  CEMAC visas for third countries; the acquisition of equipment in all the land,  sea and air borders of the community capable of reading biometric passports; the  creation of a monitoring and evaluation committee on immigration; the  construction of a cooperation center for police and customs for the exchange of  information in order to facilitate and monitor the movements of people; the  creation of a monitoring committee made up of border police from civil society,  territorial administration, and regional integration and the CEMAC Commission  that would assess the community decisions and human behavior; and the creation  of a data-collection center to facilitate criminal investigations at the  borders.

The Government also believes it is essential to establish the required  committee of police chiefs of Central Africa,  whose purpose is to assess the difficulties related to free movement of persons  within the CEMAC area.

Finally, the Government believes it is necessary to organize a training  program for law enforcement and security forces in the member countries in order  to strengthen their capacities in management and migration issues.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has  consistently favored integration in Central  Africa and across the African continent and has been a leading proponent  of cooperation within CEMAC.

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