Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Attends 34th Caricom Summit

Prime Minister Addresses Nation’s Sociopolitical and Economic Reform

Equatorial Guinea’s Prime Minister, Vincente Ehate Tomi, discussed the nation’s recent development programs at the 34th Summit of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) this weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

As Chairman-in-Office of the Summit of Heads of State and of Government of the ACP Group, the Prime Minister shared the Government’s Action Plan for Economic and Social Development, which was started in 2007 and has contributed to significant reform within the country. According to the Prime Minister, Equatorial Guinea’s Action Plan reflects the country’s plan to become a modern and emerging country by 2020 and has similar goals to those of the ACP Group and Caricom.

As stated by Caricom’s Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in the opening speech, Caricom strives to promote collaborative reform to expand sustainable development in various sectors.

Prime Minister Ehate Tomi reinforced this idea in his closing remarks when he said, “together we aspire, together we achieve.”

Equatorial Guinea’s participation in Caricom reflects the country’s commitment toward development and playing a bigger role in the international community. In addition to Caricom, Prime Minister Ehate Tomi also represented President Obiang at the Summit of International and African Leaders for the Elimination of Hunger in Africa, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.