Friday, October 18, 2013

Remarkable Development In Equatorial Guinea, Says Ambassador

Washington, D.C. Embassy Celebrates West African Nation’s Independence

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is committed “to fully develop the country democratically, economically and socially” and the results so far are impressive, said Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador to the United States.

The ambassador made the remarks at a reception at the Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Washington to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the West African nation’s independence.

During his welcome speech, Ambassador Nsue Mangue said that development in Equatorial Guinea is visible to everyone who has been able to visit the country. The government is heavily investing its oil resources in improving the standard of living of its citizens, which includes improving the education, infrastructure, health and other sectors.

“UNESCO reports that we have the highest adult literacy rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, at 93%,” Ambassador Nsue Mangue said. “In July, 153 nurses graduated the National University of Equatorial Guinea… Our infrastructure and road system have been entirely rebuilt over the last few years. Now, all our villages are connected to the cities and regional centers.” 

Equatorial Guinea has also made vast improvements in the health sector.

“Modern hospitals have been built and staffed in our capital, Malabo, and the largest city on the mainland, Bata, “the ambassador said. “Our country is one of the only two in Africa supporting malaria vaccine clinical trial aimed at eliminating malaria.”

Ambassador Nsue Mangue said that his government is aggressively pursuing electrification in Equatorial Guinea and that soon even the most remote villages will have electric power.

He said that Equatorial Guinea’s government wishes to strengthen its ties with the United States and work with the United States for the benefit of both nations.

U.S. Department of State representatives, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Cynthia Akuetteh, attended the event, as well as ambassadors, Marathon Oil representatives, and Equatorial Guinea’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba.

Ambassador Nsue Mangue recently presented his credentials to President Obama. Previously, he was Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa.