Friday, June 18, 2010

Equatorial Guinea Advances Relations With International Community During Egypt Visit

As part of Equatorial Guinea's (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) efforts to advance its relations with the international community, an Equatorial Guinea Delegation, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, made an official visit to Egypt on June 10-12th.

Pastor Micha Ondo Bile was accompanied by the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro and the Minister of National Security, Nicolas Obama Nchama.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Egyptian counterpart signed several agreements which included the establishment of a joint committee for the cooperation in culture, science and economics between the two countries. This is part of a broader effort by the government of Equatorial Guinea to further improve its relations with the international community. The parties established a joint strategy for cooperation between the two countries.

Relations between Egypt and Equatorial Guinea have evolved significantly in recent years, which has encouraged more engagement between the two countries. Egyptian companies such as Arab Contractors are overseeing large infrastructure projects in Equatorial Guinea, such as the construction of a running water system in Malabo, new roads from Malabo to Pico Basile, other infrastructure projects in Baney and subsidized housing in Buena Esperanza and in Malabo.

The progress of the relationship between the two countries was highlighted in a recent hearing held by Ondo Bile with the Egyptian Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Ibrahim Maher Yousiff, in which the Equatorial Guinean diplomat praised the advancement between the countries. The meeting also addressed the trading situation between the two nations.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea is also seeking Egypt's support for the organization of the African Union Summit to be held in Equatorial Guinea in 2011.