Louis Sylvain Goma

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Louis Sylvain-Goma in 1978.

Louis Sylvain Goma (born Pointe-Noire, 24 June 1941[1]) is a Congolese politician who was Prime Minister of Congo-Brazzaville from 18 December 1975 to 7 August 1984, serving under three successive Heads of State: Marien Ngouabi, Jacques Yhombi-Opango, and Denis Sassou Nguesso. Later, he was Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States from 1999 to 2012, and he has been Congo-Brazzaville's Ambassador to Brazil since 2013.


Prime Minister Henri Lopès and his government resigned after a meeting of the Congolese Labour Party's Central Committee in December 1975, and Goma was appointed to replace him at the head of a new government, composed of 14 members, on 18 December 1975.[2]

After the June–October 1997 civil war, Goma was included as one of the 75 members of the National Transitional Council (CNT), which served as a transitional legislature from 1998 to 2002.[3]

Considered close to President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Goma was Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) from 1999 to 2012. Soon after being replaced in his post at CEEAC in early 2012, Goma was appointed as Congo-Brazzaville's Ambassador to Brazil on 21 April 2012.[4] He presented his credentials as Ambassador to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in January 2013.[5]


  1. ^ Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga, Les voies du politique au Congo: essai de sociologie historique (1997), Karthala Editions, page 431 (in French).
  2. ^ "Jan 1976 - New Government - Former Prime Minister's Visits to China and France - President's Visit to Soviet Union - internal Developments", Keesing's Record of World Events, volume 22, January 1976, Congo, page 27,556.
  3. ^ Calixte Baniafouna, La bataille de Brazzaville, 5 juin–15 octobre 1997 (2008), L'Harmattan, page 196 (in French).
  4. ^ "Tours de manège chez les diplomates", La Lettre du Continent, number 634, Africa Intelligence, 3 May 2012 (in French).
  5. ^ "Presidenta Dilma Rousseff recebe cartas credenciais de novos embaixadores", Agência Brasil, 23 January 2013 (in Portuguese).
Political offices
Preceded by
Henri Lopès
Prime Minister of Congo-Brazzaville
Succeeded by
Ange Édouard Poungui
Preceded by
Pierre Moussa
Prime Minister of Congo-Brazzaville
Succeeded by
André Milongo