posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – January 20th, 2012
N’Djamena, capital of the Republic of Chad, hosted on January 15 the Fifteenth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS.
Issues such as the community budget to which others are added, such as the proposal of sanctions to the States that do not abide by the rules of the community, have been the focus of the meetings of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) held on January 15 in N’Djamena.
The President of the Republic and Chairman of the African Union, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, also attended the meeting, leading a delegation of several members, among which were the Minister of Government in charge of Sub-Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo and the Minister of Finance and Budgets, Martin Crisantos Ebe Mba.
During this event, they paid homage to the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, as a President of Central Africa who knew how to defend the position of the African Union in 2011, “a year that has had difficult and humiliating moments,” as said during meeting Jean Ping, Chairman of the African Union Commission. “However, despite all, Africa has experienced considerable a growth rate,” the Gabonese was pleased to say.
Participants at the meeting also expressed great concern for the safety of the Gulf of Guinea, where piracy, proliferation of small arms and other problems threaten the economic community resources. The circulation of goods and people is still another pending matter in the community space of ECCAS, as well as the financing of the budgets.
In his speech, the President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Déby, and outgoing acting chairman of ECCAS, appealed to the policy of integration among the different States, for the benefit of the population and to banish selfishness. He also demanded help in the fight against the phenomena that threaten the peace and security of the institution.