Monday, December 5, 2016

Equatorial Guinea and South Korea Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea signed a cooperation agreement with South Korea on mutual visa extension between the two countries.

The Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Domingo Mituy Edjang Afugu, and the Ministry Delegate of Foreign Affairs, Kimhyoung Zhin, signed the agreement in Seoul, South Korea.

The extension agreement allows for free extension of visas for passport holders of diplomatic and official capacities from Equatorial Guinea and South Korea.

The government of South Korea praised the progress of Equatorial Guinea and expressed a desire to further strengthen relations. Areas of mutual cooperation were discussed such as academic support for Equatorial Guinean students, as well as diplomatic and protocol training for officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Leads Regions International Events with Sipopo Conference Center

Equatorial Guinea has assumed an increasingly active role in international affairs, particularly in Africa, and the Sipopo Conference Center has become a frequent venue for regional economic, business, cultural, political, and other events.

The Sipopo Conference Center is located in the capital city of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo. It offers state-of-the-art buildings, two well-equipped conference halls, dining hall, private villas, entertainment, high-end hotels and cuisine.

Upon arrival in Sipopo, visitors are surrounded by the ocean, beautiful landscapes, ceiba trees, seafront, and the best of nature the country has in this area. The state-of-the-art complex is located in a convenient and central location that makes it easier for visitors in Africa and around the world to get to. The conference halls have all the necessary technical tools as well as well as Internet to ensure the success of all events.

The complex depicts local resources such as the geometric motives of African tradition showcased on the walls of the lobby, pine trees represented in timber and the mirror in the restaurant.

Thousands of people have already visited the magnificent facilities around Sipopo for past African Union (AU) Summits, Africa-South America Summit and most recently the IV Africa-Arab World Summit. The AU Summit was the first event held in the newly developed area in 2011, which the country has developed as a center for tourism and international conferences.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Hosted Africa-Arab World Summit Action Plan Meeting

The IV Africa-Arab World Summit, hosted by Equatorial Guinea at the world-class Sipopo Conference Center, approved the 2017-2019 Action Plan for projects in trade, investment, transportation, agriculture, and energy.

The nineteen projects totaled $6,285,000 USD and included the creation of an Africa-Arab Forum for energy investment, an evaluation center for climate resources, and a center for the exchange of emigration information.

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the Arab League, and the African Union will jointly finance the projects.

Regular meetings will be held with these organizations and financial institutions to increase coordination in development, finance and trade ministerial cooperation, and resource strategy for agricultural development and food security.

The Action Plan also outlined the creation of an Africa-Arab free trade zone to benefit the private and pubic sectors.

The Summit thanked the government of Equatorial Guinea for “generous hospitality and effective organization, which provided the most positive and favorable conditions for this edition of the meeting.”

The next Africa-Arab World Summit will be held in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GIGTE Helps Equatorial Guinea Reach Horizon 2020 Goals

The Management of Public Telecommunications Infrastructure (GIGTE) offers fiber optic connectivity and Internet services for the education, economic, and social development of Equatorial Guinea in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 goals.

The improvement of connectivity increases job opportunities for Equatorial Guineans, business sales, education and training for students and professionals, and communication within Equatorial Guinea and with the rest of the world.

The fiber optic underwater and land cable connects Equatorial Guinea’s mainland and island of Bioko to high-speed international Internet services.

The advent of the new telecommunications services increases connectivity, speed, and capacity, all with a lower cost, for the Equatorial Guineans.

In addition, the GIGTE is collaborating with the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the fields of linguistics, social anthropology, geology, and natural sciences.

The groups recently met in Equatorial Guinea to establish a collaboration agreement aligned with the country’s Horizon 2020 goals.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Set to Become Headquarters of South-South Cooperation

The Committee of Ambassadors from the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States ratified the Republic of Equatorial Guinea capital of Malabo to become the headquarters of South-South Cooperation.

South-South Cooperation is the assembly within the ACP, whose aim is to foster cooperation between the 79 member countries as well as with external partners.

The Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to the European Union, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, presented the proposal, originally announced by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, earlier this year.

The headquarters is expected to begin operations in 2017 with technical and logistical support from the team and world-class facilities in Malabo in order to facilitate high-level political discourse between the member countries.

The proposal awaits ratification by the ACP Council of Minister in Belgium later this month.

Equatorial Guinea hosted Heads of State and government from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of nations (ACP) in 2012, in Malabo for the 7th Summit for African Caribbean and Pacific Heads of State and Government (ACP). 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Hosts Successful IV Africa-Arab World Summit

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea hosted a successful IV Africa-Arab World Summit at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo this past week.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, welcomed world leaders and ministers of foreign affairs, finance, and economy to Equatorial Guinea’s capital to discuss bilateral relations and future investment projects.

The outcome of the Economic Forum of the Summit produced the Sheet of Recommendations, which focused on the expansion of regional financial and development institutions to finance private sector investment projects.

The Sheet highlighted investment in the infrastructure and transport industry, and called for legislative support to facilitate partnership between the public and private sectors. Stronger partnership is called for to improve the level of services between Arab and African routes, as well as the offering of incentives so traders and carriers renew old fleets and finance new logistics projects.

The Sheet also stressed the importance of free international border trade for Arab and African countries and the evaluation of value added services promoted by transport centers.

The Summit also featured the presentation of the Al-Sumait Prize for scientific achievement in the field of food security and health on the African continent to leaders in their respective fields.

The President presented the Prize to the recipients, along with the $1,000,000 USD award to develop their projects.

The next Africa Arab Summit will be held in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

President of Equatorial Guinea Presents Kuwait Prize for Scientific Achievement

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo presented the Al-Sumait Prize for scientific achievement in the fields of food security and health on the African continent.

The Prize, named after the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti medical doctor, was awarded during the IV Africa-Arab World Summit in Malabo at the Sipopo Conference Center.

Professor Kevin Marsh of the University of Oxford and African Academy of Sciences in Kenya won the health category and the Sweetpotato for Nutrition Team at the International Potato Centre in Peru and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria jointly won the food security category. The education prize will be awarded in the coming months.

The Prize of $1,000,000 USD is awarded annually to support the administrative, logistic, and financial burden of the winning individual or organization project.

Specific focus areas this year included the development of new varieties of seeds, crops, or livestock to improve food security, the improvement of farmers’ access to agricultural techniques and markets, and the development of farmers’ resilience to climate change, among others.

Kuwait established the initiative at the III Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait in November 2013.

Heads of state and dignitaries met 23 November at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo for the high-level meetings of the IV Africa-Arab World Summit.