Friday, January 13, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission to the UN Highlights Need to Reform Security Council

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea’s permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) in New York highlighted the need to reform the Security Council in regards to equitable geographical rotation.

The Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the UN, Anatolio Ndong Mba, stressed the importance of reforming the Council to accurately represent African nations according to the needs of the African Union, the Ezulwini Consensus, and the Sirte Declaration.

Ndong Mba highlighted that equitable representation would lend genuine legitimacy of decision making to the Security Council and that the Government of Equatorial Guinea remain committed in their support of the Council, as peace and security are necessary conditions for development.

The Mission also reaffirmed Equatorial Guinea’s commitment to being a non-permanent member of the Security Council and called for support to reach this goal by June of 2017.

The Swedish Foreign Minister and President of the Security Council, Margot Wallstrom, chaired the meeting at the UN.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Continues Economic Progress, Reaches Horizon 2020 Goals

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has continued economic progress toward becoming an emerging market country and reached several of the country’s Horizon 2020 goals.

The commitment to make Equatorial Guinea an emerging market country is one of the top priorities of the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and is outlined in the country’s Horizon 2020 plan.

Horizon 2020 is establishing the structure for a national economic system to compete on the international stage, and several of the goals outlined by the Plan have already been reached.

Accomplishments include the construction of social housing in key provinces and the creation of new urban districts, all despite the decline in the price of oil, the country’s main source of revenue.

The Plan has also increased funding for new transportation infrastructure, the corresponding electricity connectivity, and the construction and refurbishment of secondary schools in all municipalities.

Equatorial Guinea has the highest literacy rate in Central Africa at 78.5 percent.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Committed to African Union in Run for Presidency

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is committed to the African Union as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, runs for the Presidency of the African Union Commission.

Minister Mba Mokuy has highlighted his platform goals are to develop programs to provide more opportunities for young people through Africa and reduce emigration.

“Youth is one of the priorities of the Equatorial Guinea candidacy,” said Minister Mba Mokuy. “I believe that the African Union Commission should support the Heads of State with the adoption of programs that allow the creation of more employment on the African continent. We have this capacity; we have to strengthen it. Many of our young people leave because they cannot find jobs. For that reason, priority must be given to youth directly or indirectly, to deal with these issues, and the question of youth and the question of employment.”

Minister Mba Mokuy also stressed the intellectual empowerment of young people in order to best use their resources, as well as the importance of Pan-Africanism.

"In order for this dream to become a reality, the African countries have to take steps to ensure there is order, stability and security. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that we need to call on Africa to show seriousness, dignity, respect and solidarity,” said Minister Mba Mokuy.

Equatorial Guinea has contributed the African Union in the past, including hosting the 25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union in Malabo in 2014, which Minister Mba Mokuy led and two African Union Summits.

More recently, the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea hosted the Peace and Security Council at the 26th Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union in 2016.

Four other candidates are running for the Presidency, including Botswana Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi; Dr. Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad; Dr. Amina Mohammed of Kenya; and Dr. Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal.

The appointment of new leadership will take place at the upcoming 28th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government on 30 January in Addis Ababa.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Begins New Youth Vaccination Campaign Against Polio

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has begun a new vaccination campaign in health centers and hospitals in Malabo to eradicate Poliomyelitis in children under five.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare coordinated the administration of vaccinations and initiated the broad awareness campaign for mothers to take their young children to receive the medical attention.

The campaign will take place over the coming week, collaboration with health and education centers across Malabo to safeguard Equatorial Guinea against Poliomyelitis.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Airline Ceiba Opens New Route to Mali

Ceiba, the national airline of Equatorial Guinea, opened a new route from the capital city of Malabo to Bamako, Mali.

The flight duration is just under three hours and is part of Ceiba’s effort to expand more direct routes to other African countries.

The Director General of Ceiba, Bienvenido Esono Engonga Okomo, welcomed the Ambassador of Mali to Equatorial Guinea, Amadou Dem, to travel the inaugural flight and hailed relations between the two countries.

Equatorial Guinea and Mali recently signed bilateral aviation agreements to expand the efficiency and frequency of air travel.

The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Luciano Esono Biteghe, highlighted the expansion of trade, tourism, and cultural relations the newly opened route will promote.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Environmental Documentary Showcases Country’s Fauna and Flora

The Secret Forest, filmed entirely in Equatorial Guinea, showcases the unique fauna and flora of the country, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The documentary, produced by the nongovernmental organization ECOGUINEA in 2015, recently received international praise for highlighting environmental awareness in Equatorial Guinea.

The film has won several festivals all over the world, including the unanimously awarded Grand Prize at the Ronda-Madrid-Málaga International Scientific Filk Biennial of AESIC, as well as Best Animated Documentary and Best Cinematography at the International Film Festival Solidario KO & Digital Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in Barcelona.

Jurists praised the film for its technical quality, script, and art, as well as the traditional African methods used to tell the story of nature conservancy.

It will be screened at more film festivals to raise awareness, including those in Peru, Mozambique, and Germany, among others, as well as shown on local television in Equatorial Guinea.

ECOGUINEA plans to show the documentary film in schools and institutions in Equatorial Guinea to raise ecological awareness of the importance of conservation in protected areas.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Detains SGBGE Employees for Transferring Confidential Banking Information to Third Parties

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has detained three employees of the French bank Société Générale de Banques en Guinée Equatoriale (SGBGE) for transferring confidential banking information to third parties outside the country.

The information involved the private data of several high-ranking members of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, including the Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

The transfer of private information violates the internationally recognized right of the confidentiality of bank data, which must be kept secure by banks and their employees.

The SGBGE employees will testify before the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Justice in the coming days.

Société Générale is a French multinational banking and financial services company based in Paris, where the Vice President has been accused of money laundering. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has called on France to withdraw the charges against the Vice President.