Angola: Head of State sends message to ECCAS chairman

Lome – A message from the Angolan Head of State JoAPound o Lourenco was delivered Monday in Lome, Togo, to the chairperson of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Ali Bongo Ondimba.

The message was delivered by the Angolan Vice President, Bornito de Sousa, who has been in the central African country since last Sunday.

Bornito de Sousa attended the Joint Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Communities of Development of West Africa (ECOWAS) and Central African States (ECCAS), on behalf of president JoAPound o Lourenco.

In his speech, the Vice President spoke of the political situation in Angola and transition of power in the ruling MPLA party to happen at the party’s sixth extraordinary congress next September.

Bornito de Sousa also spoke of the preparation for the local governments to be implemented in 2020.

The President of Gabon Ali Bongo conveyed to the Angolan Vice president the experience on implementation of the local authorities in his country.

The Angolan delegation comprises Secretaries of State for Cooperation Domingos Vieira Lopes, Defence Afonso Carlos Neto, and the Interior Bamokina Zau.

The Angolan representatives at ECCAS, Toco SerAPound o, and ECOWAS, Eustaquio Januario Quibato, as well as senior staff of the Presidency and the Vice President’s Office, also integrated the delegation.

The joint Summit aimed at strengthening cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism.

The event also served to adopt policies and measures that ensure the preservation of peace, security and stability in these regions of Africa.

In addition to Angola, delegation from Cameroon, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, CAte d’Ivoire , Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo also attended the event.

Created in October 1983, ECCAS groups Angola, Cameroon, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and SAPound o Tome and Principe.

The president Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon is the chairperson of ECCAS.

ECOWAS was created in 1975. The head of State of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, is at the helm of the block.

ECOWAS comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, CAte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

Source: Angola Press News Agency