Roma – From “Great Britain” to “Global Britain”; Perhaps with a lesser Scotland and another Gabon. Geopolitical fantasies and yet social announcements with a deadline: the next Commonwealth summit, in late June or a little later.
It just so happens that the President of the African country, Ali Bongo, has arrived in London for an interview with the Secretary General of the body that brings together more than 50 former colonies of His Majesty. Her name is Patricia Scotland (coincidence) And he would have promised to move forward in accession talks, despite the fact that Gabon, formerly occupied by Paris, is part of the International Organization of the Francophonie. After the meeting, Bongo tweeted with the hashtag #GabonForward, assuring that the path to the next Commonwealth summit in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, could already be defined.. Bongo also spoke of moving forward in a second London interview with Prince Charles of England. Environmental protection, sustainable development and climate have been at the forefront, according to the President’s Shrimp, also watching the Cop26 conference in Scotland in November.
As Jean Afrique magazine recalled, Gabon is an oil producer but has pledged to cut pollution emissions by 50 percent by 2025. And for some time, Prince Charles has been promising green funds to support the circular economy, which can benefit Commonwealth countries. More generally, according to Nouredin Bongo Valentin, Coordinator for Presidential Affairs of Gabon, Libreville aims to “diversify partners” and “accelerate growth prospects”.
If the declarations followed the agreements, In Gabon, English will become the second official language after French. Something similar has already happened in Rwanda, with Mozambique being the only other country in the Commonwealth that is not a former British colony. Kigali will also represent a model for Libreville as it remains part of the International Organization of Francophony. Bongo’s idea would be this: to find himself with another ally, taking advantage of the shock of Brexit, without leaving a special bond with Paris.
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