Gabon Officially Joins The Commonwealth

By Samuel Ouma

Gabon was, on Monday, October 17, 2022, admitted to the Commonwealth in a ceremony held at Marlborough House, United States of America.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland KC, and the President of Gabon, H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, led the flag-raising ceremony formally welcoming the Commonwealth’s newest member.

The flag of Gabon was ceremoniously hoisted on the roof of Marlborough House to the tune of Gabon’s national anthem, with guests, including high commissioners, senior government officials, and the media, looking on.

In her speech, Patricia Scotland welcomed Gabon into the Commonwealth, noting that the central African entry into the association signifies strengthening the relationship between the Francophone and Anglophone families worldwide.

“Today, we welcome you into our family home, where we work every day to deepen our togetherness and strive for that invincibility. Welcome to a unique and special group of nations which are committed to doing their best to uphold shared values and help one another,” said Scotland.

“Together, we breathe new life into our commitment to democracy, the rule of law, freedom, and peace. Strengthened by the spirit of the Gabonese and their thirst for a better world, commitment to partnership and determination to join the Commonwealth’s drive to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris agenda,” she added.

President Ali Bongo Ondimba, on his part, thanked Patricia Scotland and her entire team for their enthusiastic engagement and hard work throughout our candidacy.

“In a world full of uncertainties, mostly created by humanity’s excesses and greed, we believe strongly that the Commonwealth family of nations is a unique and varied community of countries that share common values and whose diversity represents a formidable melting pot of ideas and solutions,” said President Bongo.

Gabon became the 55th member of the Commonwealth on June 25, 2022, following approval from Commonwealth leaders during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

By joining the Commonwealth, Gabon’s Embassy in London officially becomes a High Commission, with H.E. Aicha Sanni serving as High Commissioner.

Gabon will also now have the opportunity to be part of significant discussions and a mutually supportive community of 56 independent and sovereign states, aided by more than 80 accredited organizations and more than 50 strategic partnerships with organizations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the World Health Organization.

 

 

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