Angola to be home to headquarters of Gulf of Guinea Commission

12 April 2007

Luanda, Angola, 12 April – The executive secretariat of the Gulf of Guinea Commission is to be housed in Angola placing the country at the center of the main problems occurring in that sub-region of the African continent, the spokesman for Angola’s Foreign Relations Ministry, João Pedro said Wednesday in Luanda.

Pedro made the statement after a meeting that Foreign Relations Minister, João Miranda, had with the executive secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Carlos Alberto Bragança Gomes, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

Asked about what Angola would gain from being the headquarters for the organization, Pedro explained that the benefits would be strategic, considering that the country would become the focus of the region’s politics.

The agreement to make Luanda the headquarters of the commission was made at the latest Head of State Summit held in October 2006, in Libreville, Gabon, when Angola committed to housing the organizations headquarters.

Pedro also said that the headquarters agreement would be discussed between the governmental authorities and the secretariat so that it can be approved soon at an Angolan Council of Minister meeting. (macauhub)