The Chairmen of the ECCAS and CEMAC Commissions in conclave for the alignment of regional integration policies and strategies in Central Africa.

February 24, 2021

The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade VERRISSIMO, met this Wednesday February 24, 2021 in his Cabinet, Prof. Daniel ONA ONDO, President of the Commission of CEMAC in Libreville, Gabon.

A view of the audience at the headquarters of the ECCAS commission

This meeting is part of the dialogue between the two institutions, the objective of which is to work in synergy to research and implement suitable solutions, making it possible to facilitate regional integration and accelerate transformation. so much sought after by the States and thus to promote the economic and social development of the Sub-region.

The President of the ECCAS Commission first expressed his gratitude for the great honor he has done to meet him to take stock of their cooperation and future directions. He took stock of the state of play of the institutional reform process of ECCAS and the objectives expected from the new Commission by 2025, namely the pursuit of said reform with in particular the operationalization of community integration bodies. (the Parliament, the Court of Justice, the Court of Accounts, the Central Bank …) for the purposes of developments in the continental and international context as well as the mandate of ECCAS as a pillar of the African Union within the framework of African integration.

Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade VERRISSIMO President of the Commission of ECCAS and Professor Daniel ONA ONDO, President of the Commission of CEMAC.

In order to achieve these objectives, Ambassador VERISSIMO ended his remarks by requesting the collaboration of CEMAC for the harmonization of community policies and projects, especially in areas of activity for which his expertise is proven.

Speaking, Prof. Daniel ONA ONDO expressed all his gratitude to the President of the ECCAS Commission and to the Vice-President, Her Excellency Francisca TATCHOUOP BELOBE, present at this meeting, and thanked them for the organization of this important meeting. Then he gave an overview of the functioning of the CEMAC Commission as well as the bodies attached to it.

With a view to achieving a beneficial structural transformation, other projects, according to him, are still the subject of reflection; particularly with regard to the Community Integration Tax (TCI), the effective application of which would have enabled an even greater development of our sub-region.

Family photo

To date, indicated the President of CEMAC, “a lot has been done, especially with regard to texts, regulations and institutions but the road to achieve satisfaction is still long”.

Faced with these multifaceted challenges, the Heads of Institution agreed to sign, as soon as possible, a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the need for the two Commissions to work in symbiosis in order to achieve coordinated convergence and coherent joint Programs and Projects as desired by the Heads of State and Government.