CEMAC : New Team To Foster Economic Integration

The extraordinary summit of Heads of State of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community en

Heads of State of the Central Africa Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) have concluded deliberations of the Extraordinary Summit of the sub-regional block in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena. In attendance were four out of the six Heads of State of the member countries of CEMAC notably Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon, Idriss Derby Itno of Chad, Teodoro Obiang Ngeuma of Equatorial Guinea and Faustin Archange Touadera of Central African Republic. Gabon and Congo were represented at Prime Ministerial levels.  Prominent amongst the resolutions of the N’Djamena summit was the appointment of a new team to pilot the affairs of CEMAC. The team headed by Prof Daniel Ona Ondo (Gabon) as President of the CEMAC Commission and Mrs Fatima Haram Acyl (Chad) as Vice, has been put in place to foster the ideals of the sub-region which are hinged on fostering economic integration through free movement of persons and goods. The appointment of the new leadership also took into account the rotational principle in taking up positions within the CEMAC Commission.  The leaders of the CEMAC countries focused on reinforcing economic integration among member States as well as auto financing of the institution. In a release that concluded the event, CEMAC Heads of State under the chairmanship of Idriss Derby, current President of CEMAC, lauded the remarkable progress of the free movement of persons and goods within the CEMAC sub-region in accordance with the Additional Act adopted in June 2013. Member countries who are yet to establish the CEMAC Biometric passport were also exhorted to do so as soon as possible as a measure to boost free movement of CEMAC nationals within the sub-region.  On the issue of auto-financing of the economic community, the Heads of State conference while cancelling 90 per cent arrears owed by member countries as Community Integration Tax (TCI), invited members to pay before the end of the year, the balance of the arrears.  The conference also adopted the energy policy for Central Africa aimed at ensuring availability of efficient energy infrastructure that will assure physical integration. To ensure effective movement of goods and persons, CEMAC Heads of State have also adopted a common transport policy that will guarantee intra-regional trade exchanges between member countries. An ad hoc committee of Ministers of Transport of the sub-region have therefore been created to examine the modalities for the CEMAC air carrier company. Other resolutions include boosting the consumption of local products of the zone, taking inventory of local products produced within the CEMAC sub-region amongst others.

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