The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of Central African States has begun in Yaounde.
The summit began with the arrival of four Heads of State and one Head of Government, the Prime Minister – Head of Government of Gabon, Julien Nkoghe Bekalé.
He is sitting in for the Head of State of Gabon, Ali Bongo.
Mr. Julien Nkoghe Bekalé was received at the Nsimalen International Airport by the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh.
Host President, Paul Biya welcomed guests at the Presidency , among them Faustin Archange Touadera, President of the Central African Republic.
He was also given a red carpet reception and reserved for the five high profile guests of Cameroon’s Presidential couple.
Denis Sasso Ngeusso, President of the Republic of Congo, was next to be welcomed, followed by President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad.
The arrival of the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Theodoro Obiang Nguema Bazogo early on November 22, marked the end of arrivals.
Unlike the other leaders who arrived Cameroon Thursday, the President of Equatorial Guinea landed at the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport this Friday morning.
Prior to the arrival of Heads of State and Government, delegations and other guests had made their way into the conference hall, amongst them was the Governor of the African Development Bank, the representative of the International Monetary Fund, the chairman of the CEMAC commission and others.
The extraordinary Summit comes on the hills of the conference of Ministers of the CEMAC sub region.
The Heads of State and Governments are in Yaounde to take the pulse of the sub region and evaluate the level of implementation of resolutions of the 2016 Yaounde extraordinary Summit .
The summit held during the heat of the sudden drop in fuel prices.
Amongst the resolutions was the free movement of people within the sub region and the institution of a CEMAC Passport which is already in use in five countries, except Gabon.