The ceremony for the signing of the membership agreement between the CAEMC and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took place on September 5th, 2017 in Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of the Congo. The agreement is about the Democratic republic of the Congo membership to the Action Group against Money Laundering in Central Africa (GABAC).
The documents of the agreement were signed by Pierre Moussa, chairman of the CAEMC Commission and by honourable Henry Yav Mulang, Minister of finance of the DRC who was with his fellow countrymen Emmanuel Ramazani, deputy prime minister of the interior and security and Alexis Tambwe Mwamba, Minister of state in charge of Justice and Keeper of the seals. Honourable Calixte Nganongo, Minister of finance, budget and public portfolio of the Republic of the Congo, the host country, also attended the ceremony.
The latter and the member countries of GABAC were happy as the process for the DRC membership came to an end and about the will and the common interest of CAEMC and DRC to work together and use their intelligence for fighting money laundering and terrorism financing. "The proud of the parties ought to be greater as the agreement is the first step translates the will of the presidents of CAEMC and CEEAC to rationalize the policies, programmes and instruments of integration of the sub-region. Their will has led to the issue of the joint decision referenced - nº 01/CEEAC/CEMAC, March 31, 2015" said honourable Calixte Nganongo, current chairman of GABAC.
The DRC, a non member country of CAEMC, applied for membership of GABAC, a body of CAEMC, in November 2015 in Brazzaville. The minister of finance of the DRC said that : "it is due to the fact that realizing the danger the following scourges- terrorism and money laundering ) represents for its political , economic and stability and for the sub-region of Africa, the DRC is strongly committed to fight economic and financial crime and multiform terrorism financing by setting up an internal legal and operational framework. Though it has already achieved some positive results, the DRC is aware that the framework that has been set up is not enough and that it is an illusion to expect good results when working alone. To achieve its aim, to become more efficient and to put an end to this scourge, the fight has to take place within a broader framework , notably through cooperation and exchange of information ". The head of the delegation of the DRC, Emmanuel Ramazani further said- "the DRC, a member country of CEEAC is, due to the fact that it is close to the following CAEMC member countries (Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, CAR, Chad) working with them in order to fight terrorism and money laundering".
The main event of the ceremony on September 5, 2017 was the decoration of Messrs Desire Geoffroy Mbock ( Permanent Secretary of GABAC) and André Kanga, Manager of the National Agency for Financial Investigation ( NAFI) of Congo-Brazzaville as commander of the national order of merit and of Mr. opera Kanga Christophe as officer for their achieve-ments in the fight against money laundering and the financing of criminal activities.
Press department of the Ministry of finance and budget