Monday, September 24, 2018

Equatorial Guinea to Host African Development Bank 2019 Summit

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is set to host the 2019 meetings of the African Development Bank (ADB).

The meetings have great importance as they will focus on the seventh general capital increase of the ADB.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, highlighted the importance of Equatorial Guinea hosting such an event and called on all Equatoguineans to begin preparing for the meetings.

The meetings will be held at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo, a state-of-the-art facility that has hosted numerous international gatherings in the past, including the African Union Summit and the Africa-Arab Economic Forum, among many others.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Celebrates Miss Equatorial Guinea 2018

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea celebrated the election of Miss Equatorial Guinea 2018, Silvia Adjomo Ndong Ada, from the district of Micomiseng, one of 19 participants from districts across the country.

As the winner of Miss Equatorial Guinea 2018, she will represent Equatorial Guinea at the Miss World competition, as well as the Miss Supranational contest.

Miss Equatorial Guinea represents the country on the world stage, and also participates in important programs in Equatorial Guinea.

In years past, Miss Equatorial Guinea has participated in activities alongside various government ministries, including the distribution of key supplies for the people of Equatorial Guinea such as toys, school supplies, and medical equipment.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Expands Financial Services

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea expanded the country’s financial services with the inauguration of the 29thNational Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE) by the Director General at the Treasury of the State of Malabo II, Manuel Osa Nsue Nsua.

The newest BANGE branch further extends the network of financial services for all Equatoguineans, which offer financial technology (FinTech) banking, among other products.

The strengthening of financial services is in line with Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development program goals. Equatorial Guinea is focused on the training and empowerment of the private sector in mining, fisheries, tourism, agriculture, telecommunications, health, and infrastructure development.

Equatorial Guinea recently issued state bonds through the banks and financial centers of the Economic Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Strengthens Hospitality and Tourism Industry

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Artisanal Promotion, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, further strengthened the country’s hospitality and tourism industry at the recent graduation of the National School of Hospitality and Tourism of the Economic and Monetary Commission of Central Africa (CEMAC).

The Minister highlighted the importance of developing the country’s tourism offerings and destinations, under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in an effort to diversify the economy.

The Equatoguinean graduates, along with colleagues from six other CEMAC countries, studied marketing and hotel management, travel agency operations, conditioning and management of tourist destinations, and sales of tourist offerings.

Equatorial Guinea recently met with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen its ecotourism offerings.

Equatorial Guinea is set to further expand tourism opportunities with the development of first-class tourist experiences for national and international visitors. The program will first undertake pilot tests in two protected areas to determine large-scale viability.

Equatorial Guinea and representatives of the UNDP highlighted the importance of preservation of the natural environments to promote responsible tourism.

Equatorial Guinea has a robust 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 large sector.

Equatorial Guinea was elected to the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2017.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens African Cooperation

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Delegate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, strengthened African cooperation at the meeting of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union. 

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of the promotion and economic transformation of Africa through industrialization, economic development, science, technology, innovation, respect for human rights, peace, security, and good governance. 

The new cooperation agreement, which will replace the Cotonou Agreement in 2020, further strengthens the bilateral relations between the African Union (AU) and the EU.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding economic development and 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 at the UN has also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Equatorial Guinea National Organization of the Blind Continues to Strengthen Public Health Support

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea National Organization of the Blind (ONCIGE) continued to strengthen its public health support celebrating the organization’s 15thanniversary.

The ONCIGE, assisted by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare as well as the First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Constancia Mangue, manages the Equatorial Guinea Braille School and other visual health services. 

Equatorial Guinea recently implemented its annual national Visual Health Campaign, focused on offering free eye consultations and testing, as well as significantly reduced prices for glasses and corrective wear. 

During the last campaign in 2016, Equatorial Guinea successfully treated 679 patients, 106 of which were operated on in the country. The rest were treated in Spain in partnership with the La Arruzafa Foundation of Córdoba.

The ONCIGE 2018 Action Plan, which outlines the Campaign, will also oversee the operations related to visual health in Bata and study the effectiveness to improve the efficiency of the overall program.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides in social welfare, including health and disease education and prevention, in recent years. The Government of Equatorial Guinea has invested resources in building state-of-the-art health facilities, nutritional access programs, and educational sessions to identify and prevent diseases. Equatorial Guinea leads Africa in per capita investments in health care, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Strengthens Human Rights

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Permanent Commission of Justice and Human Rights further strengthened human rights in the country with the review of the Proposed Law Regulating the Criminal Responsibility of Minors.

The Commission collected six chapters outlined by the Senate PDGE group to incorporate to the Proposed Law. The chapters address the definition of sanctions against the accused minor, the liability of insurers, as well as education and social reintegration.

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.