Monday, April 11, 2011

AU Chairman Says Africa Can And Should Solve Its Own Problems

President Obiang Participates in Geneva’s ‘Gateway to Africa’ International Conference

African Union (AU) Chairman Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, said that Africa was capable of solving its own problems and once again called on African nations to take the lead in resolving African issues. This has been a consistent theme of his AU presidency.

In his address to the conference, the AU chairman said, “Africa must manage its own matters, and make its own decisions, confront its problems and solve its crises. We have managed to do so in Liberia, Sierra Leonea, Rwanda, Burundi, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among others.”

Mr. Obiang stressed the importance of finding peaceful solutions for the problems that affect the African continent and elsewhere. “All these problems can only lead us toward a solution,” he said. He cited food shortages, political disturbances, climatic change, economic crisis, destructive natural disasters, and numerous active and violent conflicts as examples of the difficulties Africa is undergoing.

Presiding over the conference, the AU chairman recalled his surprise at the escalation of violence in the African continent, yet his trust in Africa’s values and culture, and how with the help of other continents, Africa will know how to overcome its current situation. “From the most remote times, Africa has always played a predominant role in the development of our planet,” he stated.

As he said at the 2010 Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, President Obiang highlighted the importance of the changes occurring in his own nation. Policy reforms regarding extractive industries, an increase in the social development fund, an exhaustive legal reform, a renewed cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the preservation of natural areas and protection of the environment are some of the priorities outlined in Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development plan, which was set in motion by President Obiang to move the country toward a sustainable and emergent economy.

The AU Chairman was joined by other prominent speakers, including Al Gore, former United States Vice President, Kofi Annan, ex-Secretary General of the United Nations; Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, among others.

To access AU chairman’s full speech at the first conference tailored to address Africa’s challenges, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, please click here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

President Obiang Cites Higher Education As One Of His Government’s Achievements

Chief of State Presides Over Graduation of 230 Students in Bata

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea called the establishment of the national university one the achievements of his government in ceremonies at Bata on March 29.

Presiding over the graduation ceremony for 230 students in the public administration and private enterprise fields at the Equatorial Guinea National University (UNGE), the president recalled the dire lack of trained professionals in the country when he became president and the need to establish a national university.

“UNGE is one of the achievements that the Government has harvested, keeping in mind that the greatness of a nation depends on the complete and moral education of its citizens and that that level is reached in the classrooms of the university,” President Obiang said.

The president encouraged the new graduates to participate in and contribute to the country’s development, saying, “Any trained person is useful in all areas; whether in public administration or in private enterprise.”

Education is one of the priorities outlined in Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development plan, which was set in motion by President Obiang to move the country toward a sustainable and emergent economy. The plan includes the development of new schools and teacher training.

UNGE was established in 1995. Last year, the university had 4,352 students, of which 2,633 were men and 1,719 were women. The enrollment includes students from Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon and the United States, among other nationalities. The university has graduated 1,308 students. Equatorial Guinea has an estimated population of some 670,000.

The presidents of the universities of Central Africa and the Republic of Gabon also attended the ceremony.

Earlier, in his role as Chairman of the African Union, President Obiang presided over the inauguration of eight laboratories in Bata’s School of Medicine.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

President Obiang To Participate In The Reflection Forum On Africa

African Union (AU) Chairman Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, will address the current situation that is being experienced by several countries in the African continent at the Reflection Forum on Africa taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

President Obiang traveled to Geneva with a large delegation from Equatorial Guinea, including government officials and leaders and representatives of the opposing political parties.

The AU Chairman will be joined by other prominent speakers, including Kofi Annan, ex-Secretary General of the United Nations; Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain; and Bernard Kouchner, humanist, diplomat, and founder of the international humanitarian group M├ędecins Sans Frontieres.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Promoting Agricultural Sector

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Discusses Cooperation with China and Guinea Conakry

Equatorial Guinea’s (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue met with the Ambassadors of China, Wang Shixiong, and Guinea Conakry, Lansana Keita, to discuss the country’s development and further cooperation in the agriculture sector.

In his remarks, Minister Nguema pointed out that agriculture is at the forefront of Equatorial Guinea’s efforts to diversify its economy and meet the goals of the government’s Horizon 2020development plan. The country is working to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

Ambassador Shixiong praised Equatorial Guinea’s recent transformation progress and thanked Minister Nguema for the opportunity to contribute to the country’s agriculture and construction sectors development. Both parties discussed the possibility of creating extensive farms to expand the agriculture sector. This effort is part of Equatorial Guinea’s work to promote development and investment in the agricultural sector.

Ambassador Keita, who has visited several cities of the country, said “Equatorial Guinean lands are the black gold of Africa,” because of the fertility and its excellent climate conditions.

Equatorial Guinea’s fertile soil and tropical climate are conducive to high yield agriculture. The country produces a diversity of crops today, including coffee and cacao and other products such as lumber and coconut oil. The country also has extensive coastline and fisheries and untapped mineral resources.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Rejects Charges Against Minister And Attempts To Discredit Government

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has issued a vigorous response to recent allegations made against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry, regarding an alleged attempt to purchase a luxury yacht.

The government charged that the allegations were part of a broader effort by outside groups and some expatriate Equatoguinean political groups to discredit the country and the government of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

In an official statement issued by the Press Office, the government said, “The Minister of Agriculture has already clarified, on repeated occasions, that he has not had, nor has, nor will have, the intention of making this purchase, so the issue lacks complete seriousness and any type of informative rigor.”

The government sharply criticized “this media campaign [that] was orchestrated by foreign groups and lobbies, with clear economic interests in our country, [because] they do not approve of the current social-economic development that is being experienced by Equatorial Guinea as a completely independent population, thanks to the oil resources and to their healthy management and administration by the Government presided over by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.”

Equatorial Guinea has experienced significant economic growth and has made important progress in infrastructure development, public health, and education, which have been particularly targeted among the country’s Horizon 2020 objectives. Horizon 2020 is a plan for economic, social, and political development announced by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2007.

To read the full statement, please click here.