Final communiqué of the Council of Ministers of October 20, 2016

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Thursday, October 20, 2016, under the High Presidency of His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic, Head of State, the Council of Ministers met from 12 o’clock in the usual room in the Presidential Palace of the Republic.

At the start of work, the Council of Ministers welcomed the working visit Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by the President of the Republic of Togo, His Excellency Faure Gnassingbe. This meeting allowed the two (2) Heads of State to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between our two (2) countries.

This meeting was also an opportunity for the two (2) Heads of State to discuss the conclusions of the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the African Union (AU) on maritime security and safety in Africa held in Lome, Togo; Summit after which African leaders signed last October 15, a new charter for the purpose of establishing hemispheric policies that control among other things, piracy, illegal fishing and pollution.

On another level, the Council of Ministers welcomed the ceremony dedicated to the draw for the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017) to be held in our country from 14 January to 5 February 2017.

This is the confirmation that this meeting will indeed take place. The President of the Republic, Head of State, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, has again called on the Government to redouble its efforts on the acceleration of all shares registered in the framework of the realization of this priority project that is the African Cup of Nations 2017. Similarly, the Council of Ministers calls on people to mobilize to host this continental event in the pure tradition of hospitality that characterizes so fortunately our country.

MATTER OF POLICY

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, MINISTER OF PLANNING, HOUSING AND SOCIAL HOUSING

Deputy Prime Minister requested and obtained the agreement of the Council of Ministers for the suspension of land grants located in undeveloped areas or not receiving a planning document, to preserve them against anarchic construction.

MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, THE PROSPECTIVE AND PROGRAMMING OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Upon presentation of the Minister, the Cabinet noted that, in the context of updating the note of Gabon by the Fitch Ratings agency, the “B +” rating was maintained.

This reflects the fact that the country is characterized by a stable macroeconomic environment and that considerable efforts of economic policy have been made since the beginning of the oil crisis.

In the same vein, the Council of Ministers took note of what a mission institutional investors visited Libreville from 18 to 19 October 2016 for the purpose of having a realistic assessment of the economic situation and social of our country.

In this mission, the Council of Ministers holds the following conclusions:

 a much more enviable macroeconomic environment than some other countries in the area;
 a social and economic situation exaggeratedly portrayed negatively after the last elections;
 full economic potential.

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, CHARGE OF IMPLEMENTING THE SEED PROGRAM

The Council of Ministers agreed to update the national strategy on food and nutritional security.
Thank you.

DCP

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