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Gabon’s entry into the Commonwealth: What could this mean for the country?

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Gabon is soon to become the 20th African Country member of the British Organisation The Commonwealth. The upcoming entry of the French Speaking Central African Country seen as an “a historic milestone” by the President of the Republic HE Ali Bongo Ondimba could be effective at the coming Commonwealth Summit to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in June this year.

Gabon as a member of the world high ranking Organisation grouping 54 independent, equal countries and chaired by Queen Elisabeth II, what could be the advantages? 

As a Commonwealth member, Gabon will benefit from being part of a mutually supportive aided by more than 80 Commonwealth organisations grouped in 3 intergovernmental Organisations: The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth of Learning.

With the support of The Commonwealth Secretariat, established in 1965, the Central African country will be assisted in promoting and achieving development, democracy and peace. The Organisation is acting as a “Spokesperson” of susceptible countries as it claims to be “a voice for small and vulnerable states and a champion for young people.”

Gabon’ membership to the 2.4 billion people home organisation ensures the Commonwealth helps to strengthen governance, build inclusive institutions while promoting justice and human rights.

In addition, the 2.3 million people country will be supported in growing its economy and boost trade, empower young people, as well as addressing threats such as climate change, debt and inequality. The British Organisation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The 55 member countries Organisation provides to its member states training and technical assistance and support decision-makers to draw up legislation and deliver policies. Gabon will therefore be strengthened in law-making as well as in new codes implementations.

With the Gabonese Government’s determination to relaunch, recover and diversify  the oil-dependent country’s economy, the accession to the Commonwealth could be a pivotal determinant. 

“This will expand our partnerships and boost our development opportunities.” Noureddin Bongo Valentin, Presidential Affairs Coordinator stressed on Twitter. 

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