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Experts prepare the Gulf of Guinea Summit

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – August 7th, 2013

The Minister of State to the Government Presidency for Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo, along with the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Miguel Trovoada, chaired the opening of the 8th Ordinary Session of the Meeting of Experts of the Gulf of Guinea Commission.

Baltasar Engonga Edjo said in his speech that this meeting serves to prepare substantially the work of the Council of Ministers that will lay the foundation for the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf Commission. The Minister also expressed his wishes for success in the deliberations that will take place.

At another point in his speech, Engonga Edjo referred to the desirability of analyzing the items on the agenda to obtain solutions that ensure the smooth running of the organization. However, he said that the objectives set by the treaty that created the commission have not yet been achieved.

-“It turns out that our young regional institution faces serious structural and operational problems, which have not allowed us to achieve the expected results due to lack of compliance with the commitments made,” said the Minister. Before concluding his speech, he recalled the threats facing the Gulf of Guinea, such as maritime piracy, an evil that -he said- slows economic development.

-“We are aware of the harm of maritime piracy at the expense of the economic development of the coastal countries, by sowing fear in economic operators, as well as the loss of economic resources and human lives,” he also stated.

For his part, the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea, Miguel Trovoada, expressed the need to combat this scourge to achieve the objectives for which the organization was created, while stressing the importance of neutralizing the threats to this sea area.