Monday, May 29, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Prioritizes Energy Development, Sponsors Africa Oil & Power Conference

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has prioritized energy development in regards to gas and oil exploration and production with the sponsorship of the international Africa Oil & Power (AOP) 2017 conference by Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons.

The Ministry will explore potential partnerships and investments with international energy firms, as well as discuss the future of energy investments and policies for the future of Africa as an international energy hub.

Equatorial Guinea has been recently approved to join the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which will make it the 14th member and sixth from the continent of Africa.

Equatorial Guinea also recently announced an agreement with Arabian Energy DMCC to collaborate on the Bioko Oil Terminal. The Terminal will transform the country’s energy sector and establish Equatorial Guinea as a trading hub for all of West Africa.

AOP 2017 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Vice President Highlights Security and Keeping the Peace, Opens CPLP Defense Ministers Meeting

The Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea charged with Security and State Defense, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, highlighted the importance of national and regional security and keeping the peace in the recent opening of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) meeting.

The Vice President highlighted the developments Equatorial Guinea has undertaken in the community and requested support for Equatorial Guinea military cadets to higher training centers in order to further strengthen security and peace capabilities.

The Vice President emphasized the importance mutual cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and countries in the CPLP. He also pointed out the historical connection between Equatorial Guinea and the Portuguese, citing the country’s discovery by Portugal’s Fernando Po.

The CPLP meeting took place at the Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, Equatorial Guinea’s world-class conference facilities which have hosted international gathering such as the African Union Summit and Africa-Arab Economic Forum to name a few.

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.