Ali Bongo to host AU debate on UN Security Council reform
The president of Gabon Ali Bongo is to host a meeting on the reform of the UN Security Council from 30 to 31 March in Libreville.
Libreville has beefed up its diplomatic presence in New York for the coming two years. Led by Michel Xavier Biang, Gabon's UN mission has seen the arrival of diplomats trained by former prime minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet.
Kinshasa's failed bid to win the post of executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community is not going down well in Congolese circles of power. Critics say President Tshisekedi had no strategic plan to bag the top job.
The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie is alarmed by DRC's delay in preparing for the body's athletic and cultural extravaganza due to take place in Kinshasa in August 2022. In a recent report, it points to unjustified spending and a lack of transparency in the management of the games' funds.
Xi Jinping's regime has invited the Congolese head of state to visit Beijing later this spring to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries. The invitation comes as Washington, which has made a dramatic return to the DRC since the election of Felix Tshisekedi, is closely scrutinizing Chinese activity in the country.
The head of state is a practising Muslim but has always been at pains to show he cares about the other religions in his country. The latest display of this diplomatic-spiritual prudence was the appointment of a Frenchman, who was one of his tutors in the 1970s, to represent Gabon at the Holy See.
President Tshisekedi has a team of nine special advisors he likes to call on. Playing on rivalries among the members of Joseph Kabila's Front Commun pour le Congo, some have taken charge of state matters even if that means encroaching on the portfolios of the ministers concerned.
Having cosied up to the Trump administration in the hope of freeing himself from the grip of Joseph Kabila, Tshisekedi is concerned at polls suggesting the US president is headed for defeat. The prospect of a Biden victory has by contrast put a spring in the step of the ex-Congolese president.