Belarus and Equatorial Guinea are set to bolster their diplomatic ties with the establishment of new embassies. President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus announced on December 9, 2023, the launch of an Equatorial Guinean diplomatic mission in Minsk by the end of 2024. In reciprocation, a Belarusian embassy will commence operations in the Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo.
Gearing Towards Mutual Progress
Lukashenko pledged Belarus's commitment to serve as a gateway for Equatorial Guinea into Eurasia. He also voiced anticipation for mutual support within the framework of the African Union and other integration associations. This move, as per Lukashenko, is a strategic step towards boosting business activity between the countries.
Roadmap for Cooperation
During the meeting, a roadmap outlining the development of cooperation between the two countries for 2024-2026 was signed. This comprehensive plan encompasses 15 key areas, including cooperative projects, supply of Belarusian machinery, agriculture, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and forestry.
Documents of Bilateral Cooperation
In total, about one and a half dozen bilateral documents were signed. These included agreements on investment promotion and protection, avoidance of double taxation, customs cooperation, tourism, mutual recognition of educational documents, and cooperation in science and technology. Memorandums of understanding and cooperation were also concluded at the level of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries.
This diplomatic advancement followed the commencement of an official visit by Alexander Lukashenko to Africa on December 9, with further trips to other countries on the continent in the pipeline.