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Equatorial Guinea currently acts as Chair of the Rabat Process. The Steering Committee member took over the Chairmanship from France, at the end of its term on 7th December 2020, and is the first Central African country to take on this role.

Video statement: Equatorial Guinea’s Chairmanship of the Dialogue

In a video statement, Pascual Nsue EYI ASANGONO, Director-General for Consular, Cultural, Legal and Diaspora Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlines Equatorial Guinea’s priorities and vision for its Chairmanship.

 

Priorities and programme

The Chair will pursue the priorities established by the Marrakesh Action Plan, in particular in domains one (root causes of migration), two (legal migration) and three (protection and asylum). Equatorial Guinea will also pursue the recommendations put forward by the outgoing French Chairmanship in a stocktaking report on the implementation status of the Marrakech Action Plan.

Moreover, Equatorial Guinea plans to test new and innovative approaches to establish the Rabat Process as a reference for forward-looking migration management. A scenario-building exercise has already been successfully piloted in the framework of the Rabat Process together with the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) and will be replicated in the course of 2021.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme in the first trimester of 2021 will be based on virtual meetings and policy briefs. The first face-to-face meetings are foreseen for Paris in April 2021. Equatorial Guinea looks particularly forward to welcoming the partner countries to Malabo for a Senior Officials’ Meeting in July 2021.

During its term as Chair, Equatorial Guinea will work closely with the Secretariat and the troika, which consists of France, their predecessor, and Spain which will take over the alternating Chairmanship in July 2021.

Consult the calendar of activities to see the up-to-date programme for Equatorial Guinea's chairmanship of the Rabat Process:

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Role of the Chair

The Chair of the Rabat Process is a driving force, shaping the Dialogue:

  • Each Steering Committee member may act as Chair for the duration of one year, always alternating between Africa and Europe.
  • The Chair’s role is to provide fresh impetus to the Dialogue, moderate political meetings and to help find consensus among diverging positions.
  • The chairmanship of the dialogue is based on a tripartite / troika model including the outgoing, current and future Chair.