Friday, May 26, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Calls on Africa Support for Its Candidacy as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council

Equatorial Guinea’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salomón Nfa Ndong, called on the African Union (AU) member countries’ support for its candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council at the Africa Day celebration, held at the Manhattan Center in New York.

During his opening remarks, delegate minister said that more than 70% of the subjects addressed in the Security Council relate to Africa; however, Africa is the only region that has no representation in the Security Council as a Permanent Member.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has been a member of the UN since the 12 of November of 1968, but this is the first time that the country is postulated as a candidate to the post of a non-permanent member of the Security Council. The candidacy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea as a non-permanent member of the Security Council was backed by the AU during the Summit of Heads of State and Government held in June 2015 in Johannesburg, South-Africa.

At the ceremony, Nfa Ndong highlighted Equatorial Guinea’s contributions to international affairs, South-South cooperation, prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts, fight against terrorism, and development of youth. “It is a collective and shared responsibility of all Africans to ensure adequate investment in the development of the most precious asset of our continent, youth. A peaceful and secure Africa requires an empowered generation of young people.”

He continued to say that, “with approximately more than 60 percent of the population below 24 years of age, it is not surprising that being at the dawn of the implementation of the African Union 2063 Sustainable Development Agenda and the United Nations 2030, that the African Heads of State and Governments have devoted the year 2017 on the theme: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth.”

The Africa Day ceremony marked the 54th anniversary of the founding of the Organization.

UN Security Council elections for the 2018-2019 period will be held at the UN on June 2.

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens UN Relations Ahead of Security Council Elections, Opens Diplomatic Relations with Kazakhstan

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has strengthened United Nations (UN) relations ahead of the key Security Council elections, for which Equatorial Guinea is vying for a seat.

Equatorial Guinea officially opened diplomatic relations with fellow UN member the Republic of Kazakhstan in an effort to strengthen bilateral cooperation and areas of mutual collaboration.

The Equatorial Guinea Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salomón Nfa Ndong, and Permanent Representative before the UN, Anatolio Ndong Mba, and the Ambassador to the United States, Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme, met with the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kairat Umarov.

The meeting, which took place at the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission in New York, aimed to promote increased bilateral understanding and mutual collaboration.

Equatorial Guinea has requested to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and called for more equitable representation in order to tackle new challenges in the world today.

Equatorial Guinea Continues Infrastructure Investment and Development, Moves Forward with Bata Airport Modernization

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has prioritized infrastructure investment and development to offer the best services and resources for Equatorial Guineans and those who visit the country.

Equatorial Guinea announced the modernization of the Bata airport is moving ahead, with the acquisition of a modern aviation computer system and time control center to improve aviation security and efficiency.

Bata is an important economic hub in Equatorial Guinea and has received significant infrastructure and development attention from the government of Equatorial Guinea.

The equipment will be installed with the support of the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA).

Equatorial Guinea Expands Tourism Opportunities at International Tourism Fair

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea expanded tourism sector opportunities at the INDABA 2017 International Tourism Fair.

Officials from the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Tourism attended the Fair and met with representatives from tour operators, travel agencies, hotel chains, and other international companies interested in tourism investment and opportunities in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea has a large tourism sector and has hosted international conferences, delegations, and sporting events at its world-class facilities. The expansion of tourism opportunities in Equatorial Guinea will further expand the robust sector.

The Fair, held in Durban, South Africa, is the largest in the country.