Thursday, January 11, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Continues to Strengthen Position in the International Community as Member of United Nations Security Council

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is continuing to strengthen its position in the international community and is focused on sustainable peace for sustainable development as a member of the United Nations Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea has a tradition of holding peace talks to mitigate conflicts in Africa, and will continue to support the Security Council with its mandate to prevent and resolve such conflicts.

Equatorial Guinea has achieved significant milestones in literacy, healthcare services, education and infrastructure development. It has also made significant contributions to pan-African initiatives such as a $30 million contribution to the Trust Fund for Food Security in Africa, $2 million in annual support to the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize for The Life Sciences, $3 million in support of the response to the Ebola pandemic, as well as emergency aid for several countries that have suffered natural disasters.

The country’s development success is a model for peaceful development that remains committed to fulfilling the obligations of the United Nations. Equatorial Guinea has been acknowledged by the United Nations and numerous civil society agencies for its unwavering efforts to improve the quality of life of its citizens through the implementation of sustainable social programs.

100 percent of HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment is funded by the government; more than 74 percent of the population has access to clean water; 96.8 of the population is literate, one of the highest in Africa; it has joined the fight against climate change and acted to protect the environment through the creation of the National Institute for Forestry and Protection (INDEFOR); it is one of the ten most peaceful countries in Africa; and is one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, with an average 3 percent annual GDP growth over the past ten years.

As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Equatorial Guinea has the opportunity to support the Council in its global activities to secure peace, stability, and development in Africa, a continent which currently accounts for nearly 70 percent of the issues the Security Council deals with.

Equatorial Guinea’s priorities on the Security Council are: 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; strong support for gender equality and the empowerment of women; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Equatorial Guinea is a member of numerous multilateral organizations as part of its commitment to peaceful development. Their key partners include the United Nations (UN) agencies, programs and funds, the African Union (AU), European Union (EU), Arab League (AL), Organization of American States (OAS), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), African Development Bank (AfDB), Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC), Central Bank of Central African States (BEAC), Africa, Caribeean, and PAcicic (ACP) Group of States, and the Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa (CPLP) (associate).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Cooperation with China

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea strengthened areas of cooperation with the People’s Republic of China as a result of the recently held XIX National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Equatorial Guinea and China enjoy close ties with strong bilateral economic and trade cooperation. The total volume of bilateral trade reached $1.030 billion in 2017, an increase of 87% from the previous year. New projects between the two countries were worth an estimated $913 million and direct non-financial investment was $31.18 million.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce was established in Equatorial Guinea in October 2017 to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in line with the Horizon 2020 development plan, specifically focused on the sectors of industry, agriculture, tourism, and finance.

The addition of the Chamber also strengthens communication between Equatorial Guinea and China in regards to commercial investment and cultural exchange.

Equatorial Guinea and China have enjoyed strong bilateral ties for years. The Equatorial Guinea Democratic Party attended the World Dialogue of Political Parties in Beijing in December 2017. The two countries have areas of mutual cooperation including tourism, good governance, sustainable development, and trade.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Active at the UN, Ambassador Meets with UN Secretary General

The Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, met with the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to discuss areas of cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and the international governing body.

Ndong Mba delivered a written message sent by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to the Secretary General.

The Ambassador also informed the Secretary General of the current situation in Equatorial Guinea in regards to the recent coup attempt by mercenaries from other countries in the region.

Guterres confirmed the United Nations would be sending a special envoy to Equatorial Guinea to meet with government authorities and support Equatorial Guinea during this time.

Equatorial Guinea is active at the United Nations in regards to its work as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea met with the organizing committee of the UN Security Council to discuss areas of cooperation and operations.

Additionally, the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea in New York hosted a coordination meeting to discuss the range of functions as a member of the UN Security Council, specifically the behavior of diplomatic personnel in the host country, the daily procedure in the framework of work activity, and the establishment of working groups.

Equatorial officially joined the UN Security Council in early January as a non-permanent member for the 2018-2019 term. The formalizing of Equatorial Guinea’s membership was the placement of the flag of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in the hall of access to the Security Council by the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador.

Equatorial Guinea is committed to securing peace, stability, and development in Africa. As a member of the Security Council, Equatorial Guinea is dedicated to peaceful and sustainable development in the world.