Head of AU Liaison Office receives Japanese Ambassador

February 22, 2021

Libreville (Gabonese Rep.), February 19, 2021- Accredited in the Gabonese Republic in August 2020, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, His Excellency SHUJI NOGUCHI was received for the first time by the Head of the Liaison Office of the African Union to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), HE Madame Hortense Nguema OKome.

 

During this interview, which took place almost entirely in the Japanese language, which the African Union diplomat masters perfectly, the two interlocutors made an overview of current events, (a) international, with the misdeeds of the Covid-19 pandemic on the development of countries all over the planet, including Africa, (b), continental with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CAF-FTA), (c) and regional with the transition of the ECCAS from a general secretariat to a commission thanks to the institutional reform carried out by the higher authorities of the community organization.

The head of the African Union Liaison Office edified his host on the role that the African Union plays within the continent and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), on the relations between the African Union and ECCAS and on the Institutional Reform process initiated within ECCAS.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic which significantly slows down the region’s development efforts, ECCAS was able to complete its Reform process and install the new Commission leaders who are already hard at work to implement carries out the missions that the Heads of State and Government have assigned to them, among other things, during their Ordinary Conference held in December 2020 in Libreville.

The Japanese Ambassador praised the eminently major role played by the President of the Gabonese Republic, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba in the successful outcome of the said process, in his capacity as Chairman-in-Office of ECCAS.

Aware of the place occupied by Japan in the development of African countries, Ms. Hortense Nguema OKome made a vibrant plea in favor of ECCAS member states to her host. “I hope that Japan will strongly and directly involve the member states of ECCAS in the cycle of Tokyo International Conferences for the Development of Africa (TICAD)” she insisted. “We want Japan to put Central Africa also at the center of its interests in Africa so that our sub-region can benefit greatly from TICAD projects and programs,” added the African Union diplomat.

Regarding issues of peace and security in Central Africa, Ms. Nguema Okome assured her host of the commitment of the current leaders of the ECCAS Commission under the leadership of the Heads of State and Government, to find at faster solutions to eradicate all the evils that plague the Central African region.

 

The Japanese Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic expressed his satisfaction at the end of the exchanges with the head of the African Union Liaison Office and promised to be his faithful interpreter to the government of his country, regarding the grievances expressed. .