The decision to stay the provisional relocation of the ECCAS headquarters from Libreville to Malabo was taken on 15 December 2023 in Djibloho, Equatorial Guinea, during the 5th Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), presided over by H.E Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and acting Chair of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS.
Following a strong recommendation at the end of the proceedings, this decision was taken in recognition of the efforts and commitments of the Transitional Government of Gabon to a process of return to constitutional order based on dialogue and the inclusion of all stakeholders.
In his capacity as Representative of the President of the Republic of Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya, the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Mr. Alamine Ousmane Mey, took part in the deliberations of the 5th Conference of ECCAS Heads of State and Government, organised within the framework of the Central African Peace and Security Council. This extraordinary session was devoted to the political transition in the Gabonese Republic.
As an outcome of this important meeting, high-ranking authorities from the sub-region acknowledged the progress report on the political transition in Gabon, presented by H.E Faustin Archange Touadera, President of the CAR and ECCAS Facilitator for the political transition process in the Gabonese Republic.
The Conference also commended the ECCAS Facilitator for his efforts towards monitoring the political transition process, while encouraging him to pursue his endeavours in establishing a roadmap to support the transition. It also decided to put in place a mechanism geared at financing the activities of the ECCAS facilitation for the political transition in the Gabonese Republic, based on a special contribution from the Member States, and invited the States to spare no effort to show their solidarity through this contribution. Furthermore, the ECCAS Heads of State and Government encouraged the transition authorities to maintain inclusiveness throughout the transition period, by involving all political, socio-economic and civil society players in Gabon.
The Conference also recorded the commitment of the President of the Transition in the Gabonese Republic to strive to keep the duration of the transition at a firm 24 months.