Tech & Science Gabon: Second Mission of the Commonwealth

10:40  23 october  2021
10:40  23 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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A second mission of the Commonwealth experts has just stayed in Gabon. The first took place in April 2021. The succession of these missions prepares the accession of Gabon to the Commonwealth, the intergovernmental organization composed of 54 Member States which are almost all or almost former territories of the British Empire. The second mission met Ali Bongo, the leaders of all institutions as well as the members of the Gabonese government.

with our correspondent in Gabon, Yves-Laurent Goma

for a week, the Commonwealth experts submitted Gabon to a kind of passing examination. First hot spot, democracy, with a focus on the organization of elections. What role does the Ministry of the Interior play and especially the police in the electoral process, particularly wanted to know the experts.

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second point raised, good governance, with, for corollary, the level of corruption and transparency in the public procurement. The Prime Minister and several members of his government were questioned on these topics.

Finally human rights, the freedom to manifest and freedom of the press have also been addressed. A third mission is expected in Libreville to study the socio-economic situation of Gabon. The reports of the three missions will be submitted to the next Commonwealth Summit in Rwanda.

Expanding the list of partners

Only after this meeting that Gabon could become a member of the Commonwealth. The Gabonese authorities say they do not turn back to the Francophonie. Gabon simply wants to expand his list of partners.

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