The Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, has handed over to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the instrument of ratification by which Equatorial Guinea becomes a full member of the World Customs Organization.
Accompanied by the Second Secretary of the Embassy, Beatriz Obama Mbengono, the Ambassador presented the document to Frank Felix, Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Development and Cooperation. The important meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Central African Republic, Daniel Emery Dede, in his capacity as coordinator of the Central African Countries in the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP).
In his short speech, Frank Felix highlighted the benefits that the World Customs Organization offers to member states. The independent intergovernmental body’s mission is to increase the efficiency of customs administrations, contributing to the economic well-being and social protection of its members, by promoting an honest, transparent and open customs environment for the benefit of all. “I congratulate the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for the great step it has taken to join this organization,” said Felix.
I congratulate the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for the great step it has taken to join this organization.Frank Felix
For his part, the Ambassador of the Central African Republic, also congratulated this commendable action and expressed words of encouragement to his counterpart and to the Equatorial Guinean Government, for promoting international trade within the framework of the rules governing customs.
It should be noted that the World Customs Organization, based in Brussels (Belgium), was founded in 1952 under the name of the Customs Cooperation Council, which changed its name in 1994. Its work contributes to the development of agreed standards for customs procedures and the provision of assistance and advice to customs services.