Thursday, April 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Reaffirms Commitment to Human Rights

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights for development, equality, and peace.

The President, speaking at the International Conference on Human Rights and Civil Society in Malabo, outlined the determined efforts made by the Government to promote and continually improve human rights in Equatorial Guinea. He underscored the importance of freedom of expression as one of the basic human rights and the foundation of any democratic society.

The President also proposed the creation of a parallel human rights institutions in every African country, through which international organizations would receive timely and accurate reports regarding conditions in each country.

The President praised the work of civil servants for their transparent and effective work executing programs that protect human rights.

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years and significant progress on human rights, including the temporary amnesty against the death penalty, the plan of action to combat human trafficking, the implementation of the Children’s Parliament, the improvement of education for all Equatorial Guineans, and the complete abolition of child labor.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea has also called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria through meaningful dialogue, mechanisms for peace in the Middle East including Yemen, and protection of vital infrastructures against terrorist attacks.

Equatorial Guinea Set to Establish Free Trade Zone with China

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is set to establish a free trade zone with the People’s Republic of China after meetings this week to outline the treaty between the two countries.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted that the free trade zone will further strengthen already close bilateral ties with China, and promote the freedom and ease of trade and investment, creating mutual gains for both countries.

Equatorial Guinea praised the President of China, HE Xi Jinping, for his support of the ten fundamental points of the China-Africa Forum for Cooperation (FOCAC), a forum that serves as a bridge between China and the African continent.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is set to attend the upcoming III Summit of FOCAC Heads of State, which will take place in Beijing later in the year.

Equatorial Guinea and China enjoy strong bilateral relations, particularly in regards to education and cultural exchange, as well as commercial investment. The two have mutual areas of cooperation including tourism, good governance, sustainable development, and trade.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Commits to Sustainability of Forests and Cities in the Fight Against Climate Change

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the Secretary of State, Charged with Forests and the Environment, Santiago Francisco Engonga, reiterated its commitment to the sustainability of forests and cities in the ongoing fight against climate change in a meeting with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN).

The Equatorial Guinea Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Forests, and the Environment released the details for the National Investment Plan REDD+, which outlines the country’s commitment to the fight against climate change.

The Secretary of State highlighted the importance of forest conservation and the environment, as well as Equatorial Guinea’s creation and implementation of its sustainable economic development model for the reduction of poverty.

The FAO praised Equatorial Guinea for the strengthening of its economy in a sustainable manner, the value of the Equatoguinean forest for the health of the planet, and the political, economic, and social action led by the Ministry.

The FAO also thanked the Government of Equatorial Guinea for its support and trust placed in the UN organization as a key development partner.

Equatorial Guinea works closely with the FAO on a number of development projects, including the eradication of hunger in Africa by 2025, in line with the country’s Sustainable Development Goals under the Horizon 2020 program.

The FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.