The President of the Republic, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, returned to Libreville this weekend after a long international trip, followed by Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Glasgow (United Kingdom), Rabat (Morocco) and Paris (France).
We have decided to focus our Free Stand mainly on the Glasgow and Paris forums. The Scottish capital, as everyone knows, hosted the International Conference on Climate Change (COP26) under the auspices of the United Nations (November 1-12, 2021).
Participating personally in the work of COP26, the head of state, Ali Bongo Ondimba, allowed Gabon to play its role in Africa and the world. As President of the African Group of Climate Negotiators, for a two-year term, our President defended the priorities of the African continent and created the conditions for Africa to speak with one voice on issues of conflict. Against global warming. Unlike COP21 in Paris, where African countries, arriving in scattered order, were not heard.
On Saturday, 13 November, the 196 countries of COP26 gave birth to forceps, a day late of the “Glasgow Treaty on the Climate”. Many representatives of developing countries did not hide their disappointment at “not achieving much”. For example, failure to heed requests for the creation of a specific aid mechanism for vulnerable countries, collateral victims of climate change damage.
Despite this minimum agreement, there remains a desire to increase efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and negotiations will continue with a view to re-examining points of disagreement. Gabon under its president has placed Africa at the center of the global climate agenda.
In Paris, the President of the Republic was received by his French at the Elysee Palace on Friday, 12 November, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the creation of UNESCO, of which he is one of the guest heads of state. Equivalent Emmanuel Macron. In a continuation of the historical relationship, united with privileged and largely Franco-Gaboni ties, the two politicians interacted in a heated atmosphere during their meetings.
Gabon will face many challenges in terms of coming out of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The structure of its economy is changing, with the rise in oil prices, among other things, and the diversification of its resources is underway. These developments should benefit, we will not stop saying it enough, all segments of the Gabonese population: reduce poverty, improve health and education in less integrated neighborhoods and rural areas. So many priorities that remain essential.
To support the work and efforts led by the authorities to transform Gabon, the support of traditional donors is invaluable. Gabon and France are two friendly countries, maintaining old and close exchanges. Ali Bongo Ondimba goes to the Elysee Palace to meet Emmanuel Macron as a pilgrim, who resumes his journey, to deepen and strengthen this secular link that unites Paris and Libreville.
Germain Ngoyo Mousavu
Tchibanga. former senator of
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