ECCAS: 17th Ordinary Session of heads of state and government convened on July 30, 2020

July 25, 2020

At the invitation of the current President of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), President of the Gabonese Republic, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, the XVII Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS will be held by videoconference and devoted mainly to the Institutional Reform of the sub-regional organization.

During their work, Heads of State and Government will examine and validate the report on the work of the Ministers and proceed to the designation of the new officials of the Commission, in particular the President, the Vice-President and five commissioners.

The Summit will be preceded by a Consultative meeting of experts from July 23 to 25, 2020 and a Council of Ministers of the member states on July 27 and 28, 2020.

The institutional reform of ECCAS was ordered by the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS meeting in N’Djamena on May 25, 2015. The Conference approved the proposal made by the Secretariat General “to initiate a deep reform of ECCAS”. The Heads of State then decided to entrust the management of this important file to their peer, President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

Goal of the Reform

The fundamental objective pursued by the Reform is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of ECCAS with the aim of achieving a major qualitative leap in the governance of the Organization with a view to making it a viable Regional Economic Community and strong, with an Executive with renovated architecture.

The reform also aims to help speed up the process of rationalizing Regional Economic Communities in Central Africa, in particular ECCAS, CEMAC and ICGLR, in line with the will of the Heads of State and Government of ECCAS materialized by the launch of the rationalization process.

Stakes of the Reform

For the initiators, it is a question of integrating into a single and harmonized legal and institutional framework, all the components of the process of regional integration within ECCAS, namely economic and trade integration, political, social stability, peace and security.

Contact: Placide Ibouanga-Ndinga, Communication CEEAC.

Phone. +241 77 31 26 30. e.mail: placide.ibouangandinga@gmail.com