Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Africa- South America Forum Provides Delegations A Chance To Strengthen Partnership

Experts and officials from both regions promise strategic cooperation

Delegations from 55 different countries came together to further the strategic Africa-South America (ASA) partnership at the 4th annual ASA Forum in the Sipopo Conference Center. They focused on developing methods to implement specific projects and achieve tangible results that would benefit both regions, and on the last day, November 25, they presented their final statement to the assembly.

Micha Ondo Bilé, Executive Chairman of the African Union, gave a closing speech, highlighting the success of the event. “The work of the Fourth Meeting of Ministers has concluded successfully in an atmosphere of fraternity and responsibility, marked by the momentum of strategic partnership of Africa-South America,” said Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. “The final report and the joint ministerial statement of the results are a reflection of that great work environment, which is required to boost the strategic cooperation of ASA.”

Among additional participants, the event included the ASA Representative for Africa, President of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, Pastor Micha Ondo Bilé, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophone Affairs and honorary guest, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Antonio Patriota.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo addressed the officials, stating that the forum is part of the preparations for the Third Summit of Heads of State of ASA, “an association of countries willing to defend their political, economic and socio-cultural interests, in the current world order dominated by the selfishness of different world powers.” He also stressed the importance of promoting security and economic development through a strong partnership.

The ASA summit will be held next year, March 15, 2012 at the Sipopo Conference Center, Equatorial Guinea’s newest facility for hosting large-scale international events.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Citizens Vote for Constitutional Reform in Equatorial Guinea.

Citizens in Equatorial Guinea approved a set of constitutional reforms proposed by the government by 97%. In order to ensure transparency and fairness, the government carried out a national census and a thorough procedure.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

President Obiang Highlights Foreign Investment Opportunities at Industrialization Conference

During the opening ceremony of the First National Industrialization Conference, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea addressed opportunities for industry development and diversification of the economy. He encouraged international investors to support industrialization, not only in Equatorial Guinea, but throughout the continent, stating that the resources in Africa could help resolve major global issues.

“We have an opportunity for basic industrialization of the country, adapting ourselves to our needs and possibilities,” said President Obiang. “We will design an industry made to our measure and we need our creative spirit to eliminate the current situation of dependency. Reducing dependence on imports and transforming our natural resources will allow us to ensure our independence and our credit in a globalized world.”

President Obiang discussed with the attendees of the conference the need to collaborate and improve the PEGI 2020 that, according to him, should focus on the development of industries such as agriculture, tourism, mining and health. He stressed the need for international investment to help support the country’s development projects. “We have not met all the objectives of the conference,” explained the President, “but many have been achieved.”

Marcelino Owono Edu, Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, also encouraged support for improvement as well as the need to reduce Equatorial Guinea’s economic dependence. He discussed the country’s capacity for economic development, highlighting the main objectives of the PEGI 2020.

The National Industrialization Conference took place November 21 and 22 at the modern conference city, Sipopo, outside the capital Malabo. Sipopo’s International Conference Center was built for hosting large-scale international events, such as the African-South American Summit for Foreign Ministers which will take place November 24 and 25.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Agriculture Program Targets Food Security

Ministry Builds Model Farms to Improve Nation’s Production Capacities

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has strategically designed and built model farms throughout Equatorial Guinea, as part of an effort to improve food security and give farmers access to the technology and know-how that can help them improve their production capacities.

“Local farmers are able to visit technology reference centers to get first-hand instruction on how to improve their production,” said Director General of Agriculture Jose Juan Ndong Tomin a recent interview.

To carry out its Special Food Security Program, known by the Spanish acronym PESA, the department of the general cabinet of the Ministry of Agriculture, under the leadership of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, works with the National Institute of Agriculture Promotion, which focuses on cacao and coffee production. Ministry technical and financial support encourages farmers to continue producing and helps them compete internationally.

The Ministry has made the food-security program one of its main priorities. “The first step toward contributing to PESA was to improve infrastructure for farmers to be able to travel from their rural communities to Bata,” said Director Ndong. “We have further improved rural transportation, and now farmers have better capabilities.”

The West African nation also hopes to decrease its dependence on imported agriculture products by making appropriate technology available to farmers to increase yields and overall production, and by taking advantage Equatorial Guinea’s fertile soils.

Equatorial Guinea Moves Closer To Constitutional Reform

Voting for reform is almost complete

With 60% of the vote counted, Equatorial Guinea’s voters appeared to give overwhelming approval to a set of constitutional reforms proposed by the government, according to the Minister of Internal Affairs and Local Corporations and Chairman of the National Electoral Board, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene.

In a press conference held yesterday, Mr. Nguema said that a total of 230,930 votes had been cast in favor of reform and 2,236 against. Citizens voting overseas at Equatorial Guinea’s diplomatic missions voted 4,934 voted in favor and 36 against.

“The government did a national census this year to get the most updated population information,” said the Minister of Planning, Public Investment and Economic Development, Jose Ela Oyana, who accompanied Minister Onguene to the press conference.

The voting process was reported to be fairly typical. There were stands in every town with a printed list of names. When people arrived at the stand, they showed their documentation to poll workers, who found their name on the voter list and handed a ballot to the voter. The people voted in a private booth and then folded their ballot and placed it in a clear box in front of the table attendant. To conclude the voting process, each individual placed his or her fingerprint on a voting receipt in order to prevent anyone from voting twice.

“This procedure was done to represent the government’s transparency,” said Chairman Onguene. “We wanted to ensure that it was fair.”

The final results of the vote will be announced on November 15, 2011 after the counting of all votes is completed.

Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Agriculture Invests In Rural Development

Zinc Roofs Campaign Expands throughout the Continental Region

As part of Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry efforts to undertake social programs in rural communities, Minister Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue has heavily invested in the country’s rural development through a nationwide zinc roofs campaign.

“The zinc roofs campaign was launched as an initiative of Minister Nguema to change the living situation of low-income families that live under nipa roofs,” said Director General of Agriculture, Jose Juan Ndong Tom, on a recent interview. “In addition to the zinc roofs campaign, the Ministry has provided rural sustainable development programs, where rural communities receive technological, water development, health and education packages to improve their living situation. We give them the foundation to better run their communities.”

The nipa roofs (old roof material) in the South-Center, 119,000 and Kie-ntem, 145,000, provinces have been completely replaced with new zinc roofs. Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture is working with the Wele-mzas authorities to conduct a census to determine how many roofs need to be replaced in the region. Once they gather the census, they will process the data to determine how many zinc sheets they need according to the roofs’ dimensions. Then the factory produces the zinc sheets and the installation begins.

“As part of Minister Nguema’s efforts to contribute to rural development communities, he travels with a well-equipped team that provides free medical attention to anyone to the communities,” said Director General Ndong.

Once the zinc roofs have been placed, the Ministry of Agriculture will launch a follow up project on each province to determine the conditions of the new roofs, scheduled to start 6 to 7 months after roofs have been installed. The follow up project will ensure the new roofs are working and collect any feedback the roofs’ beneficiaries provide.

After the zinc roofs campaign is completed on the fourth province, Litoral, of the continental region, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will continue the zinc roofs campaign on the islands of Bioko and Annobon to complete the Ministry’s rural development efforts on the entire West African nation.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Constitutional Referendum Campaign Launch in Banapa

Minister Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue's Speech on Equatorial Guinea's Constitutional Referendum in Banapa

Welcome to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations!

23 September 2011

Anatolio Ndong Mba, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations welcomes players and attendees to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January, 2012

Saturday, November 5, 2011

President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea Celebrates the Expansion of Africa24

African Union President Obiang Lauds African-Focused Network

Following meetings in Cannes where President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea met with heads of state from around the world at the G20 Economic Summit, he arrived in Paris today to inaugurate the expansion of news station Africa24's newsroom in the city.

"The creation of Africa24 has been an inspiration," said President Obiang, who is also the rotating president of the African Union. He told a gathering following the inauguration ceremony, "The station provides an objective vision and an authentic voice to African states."

President Obiang was accompanied by African Union Commission President Jean Ping who told the press, "We are proud to say that this is an African media outlet. What concerns this important television station is the sole service to the African continent. Our hope is that its African spirit will endure."

Africa24 is the first pan-African news channel and the only Africa-led global broadcasting channel that covers Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Africa24 had the honor of having Abdou Diof (Secretary-General of "La Francophonie") and Idriss Deby Itno (President of Chad) present at the inauguration of the station on Nov. 5. President Obiang congratulated the work Africa24 has done with its media coverage of the continent.

Since its formation, the Africa24 media station has been steadily gaining influence—a progression that many leaders are commending.

President Obiang concluded, "Africa24 is the first and only global broadcasting network dedicated to Africa. I call on other African leaders to contribute to the success of this African media outlet."

Under President Obiang's leadership, Equatorial Guinea has assumed an increasingly active role in international affairs in recent months. It will host the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament in January 2012 and recently held the tournament's 16-nation draw in the nation's modern conference center, Sipopo. Sipopo will also host the events associated with the African-South American Summit, bringing together ministers of foreign affairs from 65 countries this month and heads of state next year. In June and July, Equatorial Guinea hosted the AU Summit, also in Sipopo.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Agriculture Minister Nguema Reaffirms Local Agriculture Goals In A Global Context

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue also Leads Constitutional Reform Campaign Efforts

Equatorial Guinea Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue focused attention today on growing and reinforcing the agriculture sector in Equatorial Guinea through economic development and coordination on the world stage. He also acknowledged government leaders from around the world who took part in an agricultural working group at the G20 Economic Summit in Cannes, France.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo attended the summit as Chairman of the African Union. Agriculture Minister Nguema remained in Equatorial Guinea to lead a campaign to reform the nation’s constitution.

“Today is an important day in Equatorial Guinea with our president at the G20 Summit. While we in Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry are focused on our local environment and economy, we always think in a global perspective when seeking to achieve higher growth in the agricultural sector. In many ways, our success depends on our own efforts, though Africa and the greater global community can play a role.” said Minister Nguema. “We can coordinate regional agricultural policy, while our African neighbors and our global partners can share their insight and tools to expand our capacity and improve yield, exports and productivity.”

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Equatorial Guinea has many initiatives in place to foster agricultural growth. The Ministry has placed expert technicians in every province to provide guidance and know-how to local farmers. These efforts, led by Minister Nguema, ensure everyone in the nation has access to food and effective crop production techniques. Minister Nguema has also led a project to upgrade homes and farming facilities in rural areas with zinc roofs, in lieu of more rudimentary and less effective building materials.

During the G20 Summit, Minister Nguema remained in Equatorial Guinea to serve as national director of the constitutional reform campaign. The constitutional reform efforts are intended to increase government transparency, create a bicameral legislature, limit presidential terms and expand representational democracy which will be voted on in referendum on November 13, 2011.

Another effort of the Ministry has been the establishment of microcredit plans for farmers, allowing them to plant their crops without worrying about financial issues. The program affords farmers the opportunity to request a credit at the beginning of the agriculture season, helping them obtain the necessary materials needed to achieve a productive and fertile farming season.

“Our goals are to give the people a helping hand to achieve agricultural success,” concluded Minister Nguema. “I am pleased that President Obiang is present with the world’s major political leaders at the G20 to address economic and financial issues in this spirit.”

President Obiang at G20 Summit Addresses African Union Concerns During The Global Economic Crisis

Equatorial Guinea Plays Important Role for Africa at Economic Conference

In the second day of G20 economic talks, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea represented the priorities of the African Union. He stressed the need to take into account the requirements of developing emerging economies while emphasizing that Africa can be a part of a global solution to the tenuous world economy.

“The G20 must work with developing economies, especially those on the African continent, to insulate them from the current volatility in the global economy,” said President Obiang. “We, as Africans, have responsibility for our own continent, but we must work together as a global community to solve this challenging economic situation.”

President Obiang discussed with the leaders of the G20 the need to increase the speed of socioeconomic development in Africa and to build cooperation among the continent’s nations. He also stressed that Africans must work independently to build the continent’s economic capacity.

“In terms of the economy, the African Union must adopt the principle of independence with global cooperation,” continued President Obiang. “We must show that Africa has its own voice and that it is able to assume the responsibilities on the continent in the international context.”

President Obiang is also meeting directly with French President Nicholas Sarkozy. Of importance to the talks is the stability of the Central African CFA Franc, (XAF), which is pegged to the Euro (EUR), and is Equatorial Guinea’s currency. President Obiang is the only head of state of the currency’s area that is present for the for the Cannes meeting.

Equatorial Guinea has assumed an increasingly active role in international affairs in recent months. It will host the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament in January and recently held the tournament's 16-nation draw in the nation's modern conference center, Sipopo. Sipopo will also host the events associated with the African-South American Summit, bringing together ministers of foreign affairs from 65 countries this November and heads of state next year. In June and July, Equatorial Guinea hosted the AU Summit, also in Sipopo.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

President Obiang Urges G20 Leaders to Pay Attention to Africa

African Union Chairman Obiang Nguema Mbasogo called today on the world’s leaders gathering in Cannes, France, for the G20 Summit to pay more attention to Africa and recognize the continent’s economic potential.

“The G20 is a great opportunity to show the top Heads of State how we, as a united continent, are working toward progress and development,” said President Obiang. “The Summit attendees need to pay closer attention to our continent. We are growing at a fast pace and offer great foreign investment opportunities.”

President Obiang is attending the G20 Summit, which brings the world’s major political leaders together to address economic and financial issues, in his role as rotating Chairman of the African Union.

At the G20 Summit, President Obiang is showing the world’s major political leaders the progress that the West African nation and the rest of Africa has made in solving problems of development and political stability. During his presidency of the AU, he has consistently called on African leaders to take greater responsibility for solving the continent’s problems, and he has encouraged developed nations not to intervene in African affairs.

Equatorial Guinea has assumed an increasingly active role in international affairs in recent months. It will host the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament in January and recently held the tournament’s 16-nation draw in the nation’s modern conference center, Sipopo. Sipopo will also host the events associated with the African-South American Summit, bringing together ministers of foreign affairs from 65 countries this November and heads of state next year. In June and July, Equatorial Guinea hosted the AU Summit, also in Sipopo.