Return of the 2nd Deputy-Speaker of the Senate from a working mission to Gabon
In the afternoon of March 5, 2023, the Second Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Honourable Cyriaque Nshimirimana, returned from a working mission which had taken him to Libreville, Gabon, where he participated in the 3rd International Conference of Parliamentarians on the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (REPAR-AC). These meetings were held jointly with those of the presidents of the Parliamentary Alliances for Food and Nutritional Security (RAPAC-SAN).
Speaking to the press, Honourable Nshimirimana indicated that the work of this Conference took place under the theme: “Parliamentary action in the face of emerging environmental challenges in the sub-region”.
He explained that the participants found that there is a poor distribution of funds allocated to carbon credit in the world. “The Central African massif, the second lung of the world, receives only 11% of these funds, while the Amazon receives 55% and East Asia only takes the rest,” he said. Thus, it was recommended to set up a block negotiation mechanism of the REPAR countries, in terms of carbon credit and each country would benefit according to its contribution.
In the area of food security, he pointed out that these parliamentarians agreed in particular to establish a tripartite dialogue; governments, parliaments and technical and financial partners, to evaluate public policies in terms of food and nutritional security, and strengthen national legislative mechanisms in terms of food security with a view to increasing production.