Monday, January 31, 2011

New African Union Chairman Obiang Urges Africans To Take Lead In Solving Problems

The newly elected chairman of the African Union (AU), President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, urged his fellow Africans to take the lead in resolving the conflicts that have ravaged the continent.

In his acceptance remarks, President Obiang said, “The crisis of the values of the African culture is reducing the unity and solidarity among our people. Africa must focus on the dialogue for a peaceful negotiated solution to the conflicts that ravage our towns. Africa must assume, more than ever, a leading role not just on the continent but in the international arena.”

Mr. Obiang, the President of Equatorial Guinea, assumed the AU chairmanship on January 30 at the organization’s annual summit, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. President Obiang was nominated by the Central African region and approved by the other AU members under a regional rotation system. He succeeds the Head of State of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika. This is the first time that Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking member in Africa, holds the chairmanship of the AU.

In his remarks, President Obiang also pledged to work to increase the socio-economic development of Africa and to build unity, peace and solidarity among the nations of the continent.

The summit, which ends on Monday, January 31, was attended by heads of state and of government from the entire continent as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Equatorial Guinea Signs Agreement With The Red Cross

The government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) has signed an agreement with the Red Cross for Central Africa for permanent mission and continuous dialogue between the government of Equatorial Guinea and the Red Cross. Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophonie, Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, met with the Regional Delegate of the Red Cross for Central Africa (IFRC), Jean-Jacques Tshamala to sign the agreement

President Obiang continues to follow the comprehensive reform and transparency program that he announced in an address at the 2010 Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. At that time, he pledged to invite the International Red Cross to install its headquarters in Equatorial Guinea and assist in reviewing and assessing all allegations of human rights violations in the country. “We will also ask for help in monitoring our Criminal Justice System and prisons to ensure the humane treatment and appropriate for those convicted of crimes.”

In declarations to the press, Jean-Jacques Tshamala expressed his satisfaction with the signing of the agreement. “The Red Cross has been working in this country for a long time and we are aware of the need to continue to contribute to and support the country’s progress. This agreement will serve, for example, to reinforce the ability of the armed forces in humanitarian sectors, and to debate together the specific problems of the sectors in which we are collaborating.”

In June, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote President Obiang a letter of offering assistance for the government’s efforts toward human rights and transparency reform. In addition to its efforts to develop a system of greater transparency and respect for the rule of law, the government has launched a program to develop infrastructure throughout the country. It has built airports, roads, schools, and hospitals with the goal of investing the funds from the country’s natural resources for the benefit of all its citizens.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Prime Minister-Elect of Cote d'Ivoire Seeks Support of President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, met yesterday with the Prime Minister-elect of the Government of Cote d'Ivoire, Guillaume Soro, to review the situation in Cote d'Ivoire.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Soro requested the support of the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea in bringing about a democratic transition in his country, allowing the elected President, Alassane Outtara, to take office after the peaceful departure of the current president, Laurent Gbagbo.

President Obiang is expected to assume the office of President of the African Union (AU) later this month. The African Union has suspended Cote d'Ivoire from participation in AU activities and called on the current government of Cote d'Ivoire to respect the result of the elections.

In declarations to the press, Prime Minister Soro expressed his admiration for President Obiang's "leadership of the African continent, as well as the intelligence and experience with which he has led his country, which can be seen in the stability, peace and development that are lived currently in Equatorial Guinea".

Guillaume Soro has visited different African states to seek diplomatic support from the main leaders of the continent.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Marlon Jackson Visits Equatorial Guinea

Michael Jackson’s Brother to Participate in Agricultural and Cultural Projects

Equatorial Guinea’s (República de Guinea Ecuatorial), Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, invited Marlon Jackson, brother of the late King of Pop and Alfred Dixon, former mayor of Greenevers, North Carolina to the country to discuss potential partnerships in the agricultural and cultural sectors of the country. The two guests presented proposals to the Government focused on agriculture projects that will help move the country toward a sustainable and emergent economy.

Equatorial Guinea, under the leadership of President Obiang, is working to rapidly become a more effective and transparent government. In its efforts to boost the agriculture sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, has led the efforts to conduct awareness tours, promote coffee and cacao, focus on attaining food self-sufficiency in the country in order to support and improve the agriculture sector. The government has also invested in promoting the cultural sector by promoting culture and raising the level of literacy in the society, celebrating music festivals, supporting the national ballet, among other initiatives.

The delegation met with the President of the CICTE (Council for Scientific and Technological Research), Leandro Mbomío, the Director-General of the Culture and Information, Radio and Television, Rufino Ndong Esono and Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, among other government officials.

Marlon Jackson will also participate in the planning of the promotion and marketing of UNESCO’s Slave Route project. Equatorial Guinea along other African countries is involved in the intercultural program developed to reflect on the history of slavery and the diaspora.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Texas Lawmaker Rodney Ellis Visits Equatorial Guinea To Strengthen Economic Relation

During his first visit to Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial), the State Senator for Texas, Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), voiced his desire for increased cooperation between Texas and Equatorial Guinea regarding sectors of common interest. State Senator Ellis met with the President of the People’s House of Representatives, Ángel Serafín Seriche Dougan Malabo, who acknowledged Texas’ role in the country’s oil sector development.

Although the State of Texas and Equatorial Guinea already have strong relations in the economic and commercial sectors, Senator Ellis expressed his interest to extend their relations to the agriculture, construction and education sectors. The Senator’s trip to Equatorial Guinea changed the perception he had of the country, saying during his visit “what I have seen here these days improves by far the view that exists of Equatorial Guinea abroad.”

The Houston lawmaker went on to recognize the improvements Equatorial Guinea’s government has made in the country and how pleased he was to be able to see it first hand. “I have found a very beautiful and very rich country with such a fantastic landscape that it can be said it is quite a paradise. Because of this, I have to praise the great works carried out by the Government throughout the country. I have travelled many times to Western Africa, but I had never reached Equatorial Guinea.”

Equatorial Guinea, under the leadership of President Obiang, is working to rapidly become a more effective and transparent government. In its efforts to boost foreign investment and international relations, the government has met with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, world leaders in Europe and Africa, China and South Korea. As part of the government’s Horizon 2020 development plan, the country is working to boost health, education at all levels, workforce training and infrastructure development to reach its goal of becoming a sustainable emergent economy by the year 2020.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Responds to U.S. State Department Spokesperson Phillip J. Crowley Comment on Human Rights

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea issues the following response to the statement made by U.S. Department of State spokesperson, Mr. Phillip J. Crowley in an article published on December 30 in The New York Times. In this article, Mr. Crowley made reference to the President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s treatment of human rights in Equatorial Guinea.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea would like to express to Mr. Crowley and to the media that our President has always maintained his firm support to defend human rights in our country, from August 3, 1979, day of the Coup for Freedom, in which he himself led the historic rebellion that ended precisely the true genocide that had plagued our State, while in the face of total passivity from the international community.

Likewise, we would also like to remind the spokesman of the U.S. State Department and the international media that since the discovery of oil in 1996, the Government of President Obiang has been committed and works continuously to create initiatives that are facilitating the radical development of our country and the human rights of its population. For this reason, the oil resources have been used in the reconstruction of our State, creating all of our basic infrastructure – nonexistent until now – and the establishment of training programs in health, democratization, judicial reform, etc. which for decades international institutions have collaborated in, such as the United Nations, UNDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, etc., including representatives of the diplomatic delegations in Equatorial Guinea, such as the members of the United States Embassy themselves. Many American companies have also participated in many ways in the development of Equatorial Guinea.

In the same manner, the Equatorial Guinean Government wishes to express that there have also been many efforts to improve the comprehension of our country’s development and our evolution regarding human rights. The recent statement made by the State Department spokesman does not take into account any of this progress and is similar to those who frequently criticize the democratic process and the evolution of human rights that is taking place in the country, ignoring the positive aspects obtained in the last few decades. Among those accomplishments, include the management, good governance and economic transparency with which the Government is administering oil resources and utilizing them to carry out the transformation of our State.

Because of all of this, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea invites Mr. Phillip J. Crowley, member of the United States Government, representatives of other democratic institutions of the United States, as well as other independent observers to visit our country. This way, they can see the evident proof of these transformations and form an opinion about Equatorial Guinea after seeing in situ the true, absolute and impressive development that is being experienced at present in our country.

Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism and Spokesperson of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea