Thursday, May 30, 2013

African Union and African Caribbean and Pacific Group Delegations Share Assessments on Equatorial Guinea Elections


Electoral delegations from the African Union (AU) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) shared their assessments after overseeing the senatorial, legislative and municipal elections in Equatorial Guinea.

The AU electoral delegation recently held a press conference, where they concluded the elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere and that Equatoguineans had the opportunity to express their opinions by voting on May 26.

Mame Madior Boye, former Prime Minister of Senegal and Head of the AU electoral delegation said, “The African Union Mission congratulates the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for their role in the establishment of democratic institutions.” She called on political parties to accept the election results, and use the law in cases of dispute, and work together to build democracy in Equatorial Guinea.

The elections show a step forward in the development process of the country’s democracy,” said Alejandro Gonzales Pons, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic and head of the commission of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP).

The government of Equatorial Guinea invited these delegations as part of their efforts to improve the electoral process.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Announces Elections Initial Results


Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Interior announced elections initial results after closing the polls for the senatorial, legislative and municipal elections.

Clemente Engonga Onguene Nguema, Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Politics and Democracy, and Minister of Interior and Local Corporations addressed the media yesterday at the Ministry of Interior and shared the following results: The electoral district of Malabo showed 3,133 votes for the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and the electoral coalition, 161 votes for the Convergence for Social Democracy party (CPDS), and 44 votes for the Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea (APGE) party.

Bata polls showed the following results: 7,164 votes for PDGE and the electoral coalition, 93 votes for CPDS and 23 votes for APGE.

Diplomats residing in Equatorial Guinea and electoral delegations from the African Union (AU) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP), who oversaw the senatorial, legislative and municipal elections, attended yesterday’s event.

Minister of Interior shared the electoral calendar for this week and announced that after all votes have been checked and ratified by the municipal boards, the Ministry will announce final electoral results on Friday, May 31.

Elections’ results will be submitted to the Constitutional Court, which will validate the outcome of the election.

Election Day in Equatorial Guinea



Delegations from the African Union and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group came to Equatorial Guinea to observe the elections and ensure that they are carried out fairly and democratically.

After casting his vote, President Obiang addressed the nation during a press conference and urged all citizens to participate.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Holds Senatorial, Legislative and Municipal Elections

Electoral delegations from the African Union (AU) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) are overseeing the senatorial, legislative and municipal elections in Equatorial Guinea to ensure the electoral process complies with the African charter on democracy, elections and governance aimed at strengthening the institutions for a fair, free and transparent electoral development.

The government of Equatorial Guinea invited these delegations as part of their efforts to improve the electoral process. Following the elections, these delegations will hold press conferences to share their observations.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo addressed the local and international media in a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malabo. In reference to the elections, he said, “This electoral campaign has enjoyed good civic behavior and organization. Elections have been carried through effectively.”

This year’s electoral campaign has seen greater participation from Equatorial Guinea’s youth. “Our youth has exercised their right to vote. These elections have provided an opportunity for them to learn more about the country's political process. They are the heirs of Equatorial Guinea,” concluded President Obiang.

Equatorial Guinea citizens went to the polls today, followed the electoral process without any reported difficulties. The Ministry of Interior will announce initial vote counts tonight. The final results of the elections will be announced next week.

Equatorial Guinea Citizens to Elect Members of Senate, House of Representatives and Municipalities in Upcoming Elections


For the first time, Equatorial Guinea’s voters will elect members of a new parliament, House of Representatives as well as municipalities, established in accordance with the constitutional reforms of February 2012. Political parties have shared their platforms and ideas with Equatoguineans as part of the country’s efforts to educate voters and continue its efforts to further develop the country.

The country’s majority political party, the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), along with the 10 parties that form the country’s democratic coalition, gathered in the Malabo stadium today to close their electoral campaign. In the closing ceremony, PDGE’s representative noted that women and youth have played a major role in the elections, more than in previous campaigns.

In his closing remarks, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said the country’s rapid development has been unexpected for many, and that it shows how much they have to offer. “We are certain that by 2020, we will achieve our development goals,” he said. “A country’s success is measured by its people, and Equatoguineans are playing a significant role in the nation’s development.”

Equatorial Guinea is an independent, sovereign and free country. “Equatorial Guinea can be considered a prosperous country. We are able to use our natural resources and enjoy a good administration,” said President Obiang. “We want continuous progress for our country and want to see more Equatoguineans participate in government matters.”

In reference to Equatorial Guinea’s politics, Obiang said that, “Equatorial Guinea’s political process is a learning process for our country. It needs to be tailored to Equatoguineans.”

In reference to the election, Lucas Nguema, PDGE’s Secretary General and national director for the campaign said, “This campaign has provided our party with the opportunity to share our platform that has as an end goal to move Equatorial Guinea towards a self-sufficient and growing economy.”

Two political parties and a coalition of parties are participating in the upcoming elections to be held on 26 May 2013. The political parties include the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) and the Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea (APGE) party, and the coalition includes the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and the majority of the registered political parties in the country. 

Equatorial Guinea's Political Parties Discuss Plans to Improve Agriculture and Health Sectors


Equatorial Guinea’s major political parties are working to increase investment in the agriculture and health sectors, according to their platforms and recent interviews with candidates.

Equatorial Guinea’s economy continues to grow at a fast pace, which presents the opportunity to improve the living standards of all its citizens. The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), the current majority political party in the country, is determined to continue with its development project to improve the integral well-being of the nation.

In reference to the agriculture sector, the PDGE plans to continue its support to modernize the industry and enhance the role of women and youth. The party wants to speed the transformation and commercialization of agricultural products in order to achieve higher quality goods. PDGE also plans to create public companies in the sector to promote investment, optimize the use of the country’s soil to address local food needs and increase exportation.

Another plan for this sector is to build labs to analyze the country’s soils and plants, develop agriculture-training centers to facilitate the local farmer’s training and reduce rural emigration. Agriculture is a priority for PDGE’s political platform; they expect to build centers and food conservation units in all provinces.

The PDGE's rival political party, the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), has put forth an alternative development plan.

In a recent interview, Andres Esono, communications secretary of the CPDS and candidate standing for election from Malabo for the opposition party, said, “Our platform strives to establish a democratic state and we have 13 key goals that we want to put into practice.”

When talking about his party’s plans for the agriculture sector, Mr. Esono said that they plan to use some of the oil revenues for the promotion and development of agriculture to ensure farmers are able to provide to the national markets and improve the livelihood of the rural population. He continued to say, “Agriculture should be the base of our economy not oil. We plan to open credit banks for farmers, to support the sector’s development and improve the country’s rural zones.”

Regarding the health sector in the country, PDGE plans to renovate the infrastructure of hospitals, and provide them with modern, therapeutic equipment as well as medicine needed to treat Equatoguinean citizens. The party expects to build new modern hospitals and centers, including a national reference center for preventative diseases. They also aim to guarantee access and pharmaceutical assistance to students free of cost. PDGE’s platform plans to build psychiatric regional hospitals and strengthen the fight against malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases.

CPDS shared similar health objectives to those of PDGE during an interview with Mr. Esono. “We plan to renovate hospitals and create more medical centers throughout the country,” he said. “Hospitals should be better equipped with machines and medicine to provide for the country’s citizens. CPDS plans to offer medical insurance to all Equatoguineans free of cost and heavily invest in professionals’ training within the industry.”

Both parties discussed their platforms as part of their campaign for the upcoming elections on May 26.

Equatorial Guinea's Political Parties Discuss Plans to Improve Nation's Education Sector

Equatorial Guinea’s major political parties are working to increase investment in the education sector, according to their platforms and recent interviews with candidates. 

Education continues to be a priority for the government of Equatorial Guinea. They have been utilizing its oil wealth to build upon the country’s sectors, including education, through a development plan called Horizon 2020. The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), the current majority political party in the country, plans to continue its support to expand the education sector across the country and improve the quality of it to move Equatorial Guinea towards a self-sufficient and growing economy.

In reference to the education sector, the PDGE plans to hire more professors to reduce the student-to-professor ratio, establish a research fund and implement a scholarship system for all education levels, including technical professions and university students abroad. The party wants to expand the mandatory and free-of-cost education until the second grade.

In addition, PDGE plans to build special education centers, establish boarding schools in all provinces and continue its support toward improving learning centers. The party aims to provide free-of-cost medical and pharmaceutical services for Equatoguinean students and build more universities and schools in Malabo, Bata and Oyala, in order to improve the country’s education quality.

The PDGE's rival political party, the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), has put forth an alternative education plan.
 


In a recent interview, Andres Esono, communications secretary of the CPDS and candidate standing for election from Malabo for the opposition party shared similar education objectives to those of PDGE. CPDS plans to build more schools in the capital city of Malabo to provide Equatorial Guinea’s youth with better education and jobs.

“We plan to build eight secondary schools and two professional training centers,” Esono said. “Our platform will provide better training for our professors. We plan to give 500 scholarships for students to go attend universities abroad.”

Mr. Esono also shared his party’s objective to partner with companies in Equatorial Guinea and offer internships for university students.

As expressed in recent interviews with candidates, improving the education sector is a top priority for all Equatorial Guinea’s participating political parties. They continue to campaign throughout the country in preparation for the upcoming elections on May 26th.

Equatorial Guinea Closes Campaigns for Upcoming Elections



During a closing ceremony for the electoral coalition's campaign for the upcoming elections in Equatorial Guinea, President Obiang addressed supporters at Malabo stadium. He discussed the country's recent development and goals for the future during his closing remarks.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Political Parties Campaign for 2013 Elections



On May 26th, Equatorial Guinea will hold elections to determine the new members of the country's House of Representatives, Senate and Municipalities. Candidates and supporters for the participating political parties have been campaigning throughout the nation to share their message and promote their political platform.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Andres Esono Discusses CPDS Political Platform




Andres Esono, Secretary of Communications for the Convergence of Social Democracy Party (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea, talks about campaigning for the upcoming elections on May 26th during an interview.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lucas Nguema Talks About Campaigning for PDGE for the Elections



 Lucas Nguema, Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), talks about campaigning for the upcoming elections on May 26th during an interview.

Minister of Health Discusses Renovations for the Nation's Hospitals



Tomás Mecheba Fernández Galilea. Minister of health, secretary general of the Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea, said the government is working to renovate all the hospitals in the country within the next four years. Mecheba shared the country’s plan to improve the health sector during a press conference with international media, held in the Equatorial Guinea Cultural Center in Malabo on May 16, 2013.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Holds Press Conference for Political Parties in Upcoming Elections


Equatorial Guinea political parties addressed the local and international media in a press conference held in the Equatorial Guinea Cultural Center in Malabo on May 16, 2013. Political candidates participating in the upcoming elections, from the opposition parties and the coalition, were able to share their platforms in an open and transparent setting. Candidates showed civility toward one another and shared ideas that reflected genuine democratic participation.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

President Obiang Addresses Media During a Press Conference Prior to Elections


President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea addressed the local and international media in a press conference held in Malabo on Tuesday, May 14th. During his speech, he called for greater participation and involvement in Equatorial Guinea's upcoming elections while also calling on African states to work together to bring progress and economic independence to the continent.

He also addressed the government's development plan called Horizon 2020. He stated that Equatorial Guinea is utilizing its oil wealth to build its political systems as well as health, agriculture, education, banking and transportation sectors. All the government ministries must meet benchmarks to get closer to meeting the goals of the President's Horizon 2020 plan to move Equatorial Guinea towards a self-sufficient and growing economy.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Equatorial Guinea to Renovate all its Hospitals Within Four Years


Minister of health, also leader of Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea, says citizens have access to quality care. 

The government of Equatorial Guinea is working to renovate all the hospitals in the country within the next four years, according to Minister of Health Tomás Mecheba Fernández Galilea.

Mr. Fernández, who is also secretary general of the Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea (PSGE), discussed the renovation project in a press conference with international media about his party’s platform and developments in the country’s health sector. The PSGE is part of Equatorial Guinea’s governing coalition.

According to Mr. Fernández, foreign companies have worked with the government to play an important role in improving health conditions in the country. “The government requires that all oil companies contribute toward social service projects. We have had excellent results with the work that Marathon Oil has done. They partnered with us to establish a malaria program that has benefited citizens throughout the country, we are planning to produce the malaria vaccine here in Equatorial Guinea,” he said.

He said that the public has good access to quality health care, and that the quality is improving and the access growing year by year. “We have the state-of-the-art La Paz hospitals in Bata and Malabo, which are available to everyone in the country,” he said. “They are not just for the elite. Everyone is welcome to go. We have several other hospitals that are available for our citizens at a lower cost than in neighboring countries. We offer treatments for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis to all Equatoguineans at no cost.”

Equatorial Guinea’s political parties are currently campaigning for the elections to be held on May 26. This is a historic election, in which citizens will elect members of a new Senate established in accordance with the constitutional reforms of February 2012. Voters will also elect members of a new parliament as well as local council members.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Holds Political Parties Press Conference


Candidates Address International Media Regarding Upcoming Elections 

Equatorial Guinea political parties today addressed the local and international media in a press conference held in the Equatorial Guinea Cultural Center in Malabo. Political candidates participating in the upcoming elections, from the opposition parties and the coalition, were able to share their platforms in an open and transparent setting. Candidates showed civility toward one another and shared ideas that reflected genuine democratic participation.

Richard Milam Acubiru, assistant director of communications for the Electoral Campaign for the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) said, “Our party is focused is on the maintenance of a political, economic and socio-cultural environment that works toward achieving a fast and balanced development with the ultimate goal of becoming an emergent country in 2020. Our platform focuses on the political, public, social, economic and infrastructure sectors to further develop the country.”

Francisco Mba, president of the Democratic and Progressive Alliance (ADP) party, which is part of the coalition, and current minister of transportation talked freely to the international media and said, “Equatorial Guinea is working hard to get close to other countries’ development, but countries in Europe for example are growing and developing at a much faster rate than we can. There’s still a lot of work to be done in Equatorial Guinea but we are on our way to becoming an emergent country. We fight to prove that today is better than when we lived under colonization and dictatorship. Today, the people of Equatorial Guinea live better and have more opportunities than in the past.” When talking about his experience in the coalition and working with other political parties, Mr. Mba said, “I’ve had a positive experience being part of the coalition. Coalition members sit together at a round table to discuss our ideas and how to carry them through. We come to a census through dialogue and camaraderie where every member is free to share their ideas.”

During the press conference, Andres Esono, communications secretary and Malabo major candidate for the opposition party, Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) said, “We have been able to campaign freely and share our platform with the people in Equatorial Guinea. We have shared our ideas and have communicated how we plan to share the country’s resources in an equal way.” When talking about incidents during the electoral campaign, Mr. Esono said that some of their posters had been ripped from the walls around town.

Alfredo Mitogo, leader of the Popular Union (UP) party, which is part of the coalition, said that he would like to see non-governmental organizations work with Equatorial Guinea to “find solutions that help our country while supporting our laws and our people without altering our established laws.”

Jesus Loguna, opposition party and parliament candidate for the Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea (APGE) party said, “We have always participated in election events because we live in a democracy. We don’t want confrontation. Our objective is to be able to increase our natural resources development. We should invest more in exploiting our rich soils and expand our agriculture sector.” In reference to the financing of the party’s campaign, Mr. Loguna said, “We have received financing from the Ministry of Interior as well as from members of the party.” 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

President Obiang Addresses International Media Regarding Upcoming Elections

Obiang Calls for Great Participation and African Solidarity 

President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea today addressed the local and international media in a press conference held in Malabo.  He called for greater participation and involvement in Equatorial Guinea’s upcoming elections while also calling on African states to work together to bring progress and economic independence to the continent.

In reference to the election, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that, “Equatorial Guinea’s political process is a learning process for our country.  It needs to be tailored to Equatoguineans.  We have not based it on other countries, but on our own.”

Obiang talked about the need for transparency in the elections and said, “The government and the political parties from the opposition conducted an electoral census to ensure the rights of voters and the legitimacy of the elections.”

The Ministry of the Interior and Corporations has provided financing to all of the political parties.  Funding includes campaign advertising and travel costs.

Through a plan called Horizon 2020, Equatorial Guinea is utilizing its oil wealth to build its political systems as well as health, agriculture, education, banking and transportation sectors. All the government ministries must meet benchmarks to get closer to meeting the goals of the President’s Horizon 2020 plan to move Equatorial Guinea towards a self-sufficient and growing economy.

In reference to the economy in the nation, President Obiang continued, “Equatorial Guinea doesn’t have unemployment issues, but we are in need of more professional training for our population. We require all foreign companies working in Equatorial Guinea to hire 75 percent Equatoguinean employees.  We need more training for our population to fill the skilled job offerings.”

“After 2020, our vision will shift from oil revenues and focus more on our other resources. Equatorial Guinea’s progress depends on Equatoguineans’ professionals, on their vision,” concluded President Obiang.

Equatorial Guinea Government on Elections


Government Finances Political Parties

In an address to the nation, President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea called all citizens to get involved in the upcoming elections, stating he expects civility, patriotism, citizenship, and responsibility during the elections. “In our emerging democracy, we encourage all candidates to campaign hard, but in a fair and transparent manner.  We hope candidates do not fight against one another, but rather engage in a campaign of ideas that foster genuine democratic participation. The elections are not intended to raise tribal rivalries, hatred or offenses which violate the individual and collective rights of our country.”

In reference to the upcoming elections, U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea Mark L. Asquino stated, “I have had the opportunity to speak with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo about the general elections that are coming up, which offer an opportunity to Equatorial Guinea to show that it is committed to democratic development, for which reason it is a very important date for the history of the country.”

Two political parties and a coalition of parties are participating in the election campaign.  The political parties include the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) and the Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea (APGE) party, and the coalition includes the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and the majority of the registered political parties in the country.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, National Director of the Electoral Campaign stated, “We are calling upon the People of Equatorial Guinea to demonstrate political maturity to the international community. The debate of ideas between parties must demonstrate leadership through civility and transparency.  A successful election will help to showcase our growing civil society to the world.”

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Establishes Loan Guarantee Program for Small Businesses

Government seeks to encourage entrepreneurs by sharing risk

The government of Equatorial Guinea has established a new loan-guarantee program for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) as a means of encouraging entrepreneurs and stimulating the creation of new businesses in the country.

Under the program, known as the Pilot Partial Guarantee Fund for the Creation of Small and Medium Enterprises, the Government, the Ministry of the Economy will guarantee payment to the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE) of loans to small and medium-sized entrepreneurs that are in default. BANGE is a private commercial bank.

The ministry will cover up to 40% of a loan made by BANGE to small and medium-sized enterprises, should the loan be in default. To do this, SMEs must meet a series of requirements when applying for a loan with BANGE, such as presenting a business plan or operating profit, among others.

The government announced the program at a ceremony on May 3, when Minister of the Economy Celestino Bonifacio Bakale Obiang and the director of the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea signed the official agreement.

The main objective of this initiative, according to Minister Bakale, is to "create jobs and create a competitive business environment."

During the ceremony, the Director of the National Institute for Enterprise Development and Promotion (INPYDE), Ricardo Maximum Torao Oyo, said that "the government is aware of the difficulties many small businesses face to obtain credit from banks, and the risks that they must assume the same, and it has made available all this fund, which provides a guarantee that money given to small businesses will be recovered in the event of insolvency.”

Minister of Finance Marcelino Owono Edu noted that the initiative comes from the desire of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to improve the country’s business environment, a critical step in the overall development of the nation. "Our current economic situation gives us an opportunity to do more things, and business development is the backbone in the goal we have set," said the minister. “This fund cannot be considered a mechanism to subsidize companies but as a means of sharing the financing risk between the public and the commercial banks.”

Equatorial Guinea Prepares for Upcoming Municipal Elections


Friday, May 26, it will be the official start of the campaign for the legislative, senatorial and municipal elections to take place on May 26.

There will be three democratic options that the voters may choose: the first one, the great democratic coalition formed by the majority of the legally established parties: Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), Liberal Democratic Convention (CLD); Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea (PSGE), Progressive Democratic Alliance (ADP), Social Democratic Coalition Party (PCSD), Social Democratic Union (SDU) Popular Union (UP), Liberal Party (PL), Social Democratic Party (PSD), National Democratic Union (UDENA) and Social Democratic and Popular Convergence (CSDP). They all signed, on March 30, a large political coalition agreement to stand united in this election.

Moreover, the elections will also be attended by Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) with its Secretary General, Placido Mico at the head, and Popular Action (AP) of Carmelo Mba Bacale.

President Obiang Makes Plea for African UN Veto



During the Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly on Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Africa on April 25, 2013, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea made a plea to give African nations a veto over UN Security council actions on the continent.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Statement from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Regarding Upcoming Elections


The Republic of Equatorial Guinea will hold elections on 26 May 2013.  Citizens will elect members of a new parliament as well as local council members across the country. For the first time, voters will elect 55 members of a new Senate established in accordance with the constitutional reforms of February 2012. The remaining 15 senators will be appointed by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.  More than 100 candidates for Senate will begin campaigning this Friday for a two-week period prior to election day.

In reference to the upcoming elections, President Obiang stated, “We have celebrated the reform of our constitution and successive municipal, legislative, and presidential elections to form political institutions with the participation of all of our citizens. We welcome this historic upcoming election to bring elected voices into our localities and new Senate.”

“As I have stated in the past, we have much more to do in terms of electoral reform. We know our task is not easy and we have a long way to go, because this is about developing a country that started from little. It is about changing mindsets rooted in underdevelopment, and banishing habits that are opposed to modern development, such as tribalism, political opportunism.  These elections are part of that change and are about building a strong foundation for our developing and proud nation.”

“The U.S. Department of State noted our legislative elections of 2008 were ‘peaceful, orderly, and improved.’  We are building upon this record.”

“We are surprised that international non-governmental organizations have criticized us while we work to improve systems and involve more citizens in the electoral process These organizations have challenged us without offering support or assistance for building our civic society. Our most vocal critics have not even bothered to spend time witnessing our progress or working with our people to make positive change.”

The vast growth and change in Equatorial Guinea is for the Guineans who live in and contribute to Guinea.  We are making progress for all of our people.”

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Launches Business Directory Magazine and Website

Guide provides a comprehensive list of Equatorial Guinean companies

Equatorial Guinea recently launched a publication and website that provides a comprehensive list of Equatorial Guinean companies ordered by sectors called “Guinea A Mano” (Guinea at Hand).

The new business directory offers nearly two hundred pages of companies ranging from the banking to agriculture, automotive to transportation, wood, hotels, beauty, and other sectors. The business directory concept was designed and promoted by the former Minister of Finance, Francisca Tatchouop Belobe.

Government officials attended the launch ceremony, including the Minister for Finance and Budgets, Marcelino Owono Edu, and the Vice Minister of Planning, Economic Development and Investments, Valentin Ela Maye.