Friday, January 31, 2014

Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Health and Social Welfare, talks about the Ministry's initiatives to improve healthcare

In a recent interview, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang, Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Health and Social Welfare, talks about the Ministry's initiatives to reduce rates of child and maternal mortality, improve nutrition and provide better medical care.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Minister of Health and Social Welfare Discusses Malaria Vaccine Clinical Trial

In an interview, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang, talks about the government’s partnership with American biotechnology company, Sanaria in conducting a malaria vaccine clinical trial.

Equatorial Guinea is the second country in Africa to sponsor a malaria vaccine clinical trial. President Obiang has reaffirmed the government's commitment to fight the disease, which is endemic in West and Central Africa. 

During the interview, Minister Nsue Milang said that the vaccine has a 90% efficiency score. When talking about the partnership’s background, he said, “We participated in a world conference on malaria, in South Africa, where most scientists were convinced that the Sanaria vaccine is working well and that it is currently most promising.”

Equatorial Guinea is in the pre-elimination phase of malaria, the government is committed to make a financial contribution to the research. They will also help with clinical trials. The first clinical trial will start in March.

“We are making all the necessary preparations. We have created an ethics committee, which is examining all the pros and cons. We have chosen an area where the vaccine clinical trial will take place. 33 male adults, between 18 and 35 years old, will participate in the trial and receive one dose, two doses, and three doses in a progressive way. We will monitor the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine and any side effects that may arise,” said Minister Nsue Milang.

Minister of Health and Social Welfare also talked about the importance of the malaria vaccine clinical trial and how it will benefit the country. “Indeed, it will be a big step for us, because the effort we are making with this trial, together with the support from the oil companies and the government’s efforts, will help us reach the malaria elimination stage. The government is not only sponsoring the vaccine trials to take place in Equatorial Guinea but has also offered an economic contribution starting at $1 million for the first phase, which may increase to more than $40 million in the third stage if we see that the vaccine will be successful.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Education and Science discusses Ministry’s budget and scholarship opportunities

In an interview, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Education and Science, Lucas Nguema Esono, discusses Ministry’s budget and scholarship opportunities in his country.

During the interview, Minister Nguema Esono said, “The national budget for the education sector for 2014 was proposed at 33 billion CFA, but due to the importance of education, 170 billion CFA has been approved.”

Nguema Esono talked about the scholarships offered in Equatorial Guinea and said that the government has allocated 8 billion CFA in the general state budget for 2014.

The Ministry of education also provides internal scholarships through the national university, which amount to 8,500 million CFA. “Through our government, we also provide college scholarships both at the internal and external level.”

The Minister concluded his interview said that the government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, within the Horizon 2020 development program, is reaching the goals established by the national education sector. He also reiterated that public education in Equatorial Guinea is free.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Continues to Promote its Program to Fight Malaria

The Government of Equatorial Guinea will continue its Program to Fight Malaria, an initiative to help combat a major global disease, by spraying private houses throughout the country, which they have carried out for the last few years.

This year’s round of spraying will include a team of 150 people, which includes sprayers, advance team agents, field supervisors, among other positions.

Before beginning this year’s annual round of spraying, the hired agents are spending this week practicing and undergoing specific training in the use of the spraying machines.

This will be the 19th round of spraying to take place in the island of Bioko and will begin the first week of February.

Spraying the houses is a major component of the malaria initiative, which coincides with the Government’s Horizon 2020 Plan to help promote national development. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Education and Science Discusses Primary, Secondary and Higher Education

In an interview, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Education and Science, Lucas Nguema Esono, discusses primary, secondary and higher education in his country.

During the interview, Minister Nguema Esono said the, “Ministry of Education will continue to promote the development of education at all levels, in the area of ​​primary, secondary and higher education, including professional training.”

For this goal, the government has allocated substantial resources toward national educational so that it can meet the Horizon 2020 national development plan.

Minister Nguema Esono continued to say, “Primary education in our country is experiencing a total transformation, ranging from the educational facilities being built all over the national territory and the distribution of textbooks, which began last week, to updating the primary schools’ curriculum.”

“At the secondary level, all institutes of the country are also experiencing the same dynamic. Infrastructural restoration and curriculums updates are also taken place as part of the Horizon 2020 goals so we can achieve the slogan of the President of the Republic, ‘quality education for all.’”

The National University is receiving many resources from state budgets. Currently, a new campus is being built in the city of Malabo, specifically in Basupu, which is 3 KM from the city of Malabo. The new university campus will be the future site of the National University of Equatorial Guinea. The same project is being conducted in the mainland, in the city of Bata.

Minister Nguema Esono concluded the interview by saying, “In 2015, we will inaugurate the first African American university in this region of Central Africa, which its infrastructural phase is in its final stage. Currently, the ministry is negotiating with American universities specifically with a university in Boston. It has already sent us many offers that we have reviewed and are waiting for the government’s final approval to operate for 10 years, from 2014 to 2024, to manage the American University of Central Africa.”

Friday, January 17, 2014

Equatorial Guinea To Host Symposium On Economic Diversification

Symposium will give international investors a closer look at the country’s investment opportunities

Business and investment groups from around the world will come together from February 3-4, in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, for the inaugural Symposium for Economic Diversification for the Emergence of Equatorial Guinea.

The objective of the symposium is to provide attendees a deeper look at Equatorial Guinea’s investment opportunities, mainly in the agriculture and ranching, fishing, petrochemicals and mining, tourism and financial services sectors.

Since the 1990s, the country has been utilizing oil revenues to finance major projects around the country, such as in the infrastructure, education and health sectors. The government continues to work toward ensuring that the public and private sector grow and provide jobs for Equatoguineans. This symposium aims to show international investors many of the opportunities offered by the government’s economic diversification and industrialization plans.

During the symposium’s launch ceremony, Marcelino Owono Edu, Minister of Finance and Budgets and event leader, said that the meeting will be of great importance because it will set the course of economic and social development for the country.

The symposium will review the Horizon 2020 development plan as well as provide information about the obstacles that investors may find and the resources that will be needed to create a more attractive business climate. It will give international investors the opportunity to directly interact with the representatives of the economic sector.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

National University of Equatorial Guinea Rector discusses collaboration with other universities to improve education in the country

In a recent interview, Carlos Nze Nsuga, rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), discussed UNGE’s collaboration with other universities to improve the quality of education for Equatoguinean students. 

UNGE is fairly new university but it has many influential partners around the world that are helping shape higher education in Equatorial Guinea. “We are currently collaborating with Drexel University. We have been working with them for over 10 years. We also collaborate with the University of South Carolina on the training of oil and mining engineers. There are possibilities to collaborate with other American universities but outside of them we also have extensive collaborations with universities in different countries,” said Nze Nsuga.

Universities around the world are reaching out to UNGE to work together in different educational and training programs, which is allowing Equatoguinean to reach a higher level of education. Rector Nze Nsuga talks about some of UNGE’s collaborations, “For example, in Spain we have relationships with over 10 universities. In France, we work with three universities. I have an invitation to sign agreements with the University of Montpellier in France. In Portugal we have signed an agreement and we have another pending. Recently, we signed an agreement with the University of Perugia in Italy. In Africa, we collaborate with many universities, with almost all the universities in Central Africa. Today I signed an agreement with a university in Cameroon. We have also signed agreements with China, Latin America, Caribbean, etc. With each country, we have specific projects.”

Rector Nze Nsuga talks about the benefits UNGE has received from partnering with other universities. “The main beneficiary of these agreements is the UNGE. The UNGE is a newly established university in our country. It is the only university that exists in the country. Having relationships with universities that have been educating for more than 800 years is beneficial for UNGE--to get that experience and knowledge transfer. They are very experienced universities. Ours is new. And we will receive from them what we are missing.”

During the interview, Nze Nsuga also talked about the teaching workforce and how they have established programs to collaborate with teachers from other universities. “In our university there are foreign teachers. For example, we have agreements with [the Spanish Agency for Cooperation in International Development], whose teachers always come to our university.”

UNGE has programs for foreign students and teachers as well as foreigners living in Equatorial Guinea and they’re working to educate and integrate them into the country’s culture and language. “They [foreigners] come and organize postgraduate training. Annually we have a training program called ALCALINGUA, which is carried out by Guinean and Spanish teachers, which is teacher training on Spanish language and culture and Guinean culture. Such training is usually given in the months of June and August to foreigners living in Guinea and other foreign students.”

When talking about American students, Rector Nze Nsuga said, “American students also come to our university, especially those interested in biodiversity. They are studying the biodiversity of the island and also intend to study the biodiversity of the continental region in the near future.”

Recyor Nze Nsuga talked about Equatoguinean teacher training and how their training is contributing to the country’s development. “We also carry out a training program of our own teachers, they receive this training abroad. When they come back to the country the quality of education at our university improves. Currently, we have more than 5 teachers who are studying English in South Carolina. They receive training in English. They are already at the end of their training. We are doing this because we are in the process of creating a school of English at the university. We are training teachers. They always bring something positive to the development of our university and thus to the development of our country.”

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Participates in 6th ECCAS Summit

Equatorial Guinea’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration represented President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the 6th Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to discuss the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic.

The Summit was held in N’Djamena, Chad and focused on finding solutions to the political, economic and social instability that plagues the Central African Republic. After thorough deliberation among the participating Heads of States, several initiatives were proposed to bring peace to the country at the end of the summit.

Equatorial Guinea’s delegation included the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of State for the Presidency of the Republic for Regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo, and the Delegate Minister of the Presidency of the Republic for External Secutiry, Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma.

In a final statement, the Secretary-General of the ECCAS said that the President of the Central African Republic, H.E. Michel Am Nondokro Djotodia and his Prime Minister should resign. According to the ECCAS participants, this would help promote peace and find solutions to the various problems within the country.

ECCAS members are working together in solidarity to help stimulate economic stability within the region and improved living standards, beginning with the Central African Republic.

Equatorial Guinea Honors National School of Semu Restoration

On January 7, Equatorial Guinea’s Second Deputy Prime Minister for the Social Sector and Minister of Education and Science, Lucas Nguema Esono, visited the National School of Semu after the completion of its renovation.

The Minister of Education congratulated the company in charge of the renovation, which started six months ago. He called on families and the parents’ association to help maintain the school’s new and improved infrastructure.

At a ceremony honoring the renovation, he said, "The Government is making a major financial effort to improve all the schools, but everyone has to help with their care and maintaining them and all the materials in the best condition."

The Minister of Education further expressed his support by donating schools supplies, including computers, notebooks and pens, among other things.

National University of Equatorial Guinea Rector Discusses University's Efforts to Develop the Country's Professional and Technical Skills

In a recent interview, Carlos Nze Nsuga, rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), said that his university was focused on using exchanges to build capabilities in the university and the country as a whole.

During the interview, Rector Nze Nsuga said that the UNGE’s alumni are currently occupying positions in the public and private administrative sectors of this country.

Now, UNGE is focusing on research. “We are already organizing research supported especially by those universities with which we have signed agreements. There is much to explore in this country about medicine. This country is rich. For example, we have vegetation worth investigating and getting to know the values ​​of that vegetation. Herbs, trees, fruits,” said Rector Nze Nsuga.

He continued to say, “We must research the very environment in which we live. We have to do research on contamination. Our foods often carry many bacteria, and this needs to be investigated. We have to research food conservation. Our food is highly perishable and we have to prepare food every day because we do not know yet how to safeguard it.”

Rector Nze Nsuga discussed the importance research will have on Equatoguineans’ health and the challenges they face. “We have to research the impact that waste has on the environment and therefore our own health. We must investigate the very form of urbanization. What are the consequences of urbanization in the country, especially the ecological aspects? That is the challenge of our university. We hope to have great participation from both teachers and students, both Guineans and foreigners.”

Thursday, January 9, 2014

UNGE Rector Says Agreement with Texas Tech will Focus on Agriculture, Tourism

In a recent interview, Carlos Nze Nsuga, rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), discussed the details of the agreement with Texas Tech University (TTU) to establish a future collaboration between the two universities.
The agreement focused on the development of agriculture and the establishment of professional training in agribusiness and agro-industries, notes Nze Nsuga. “We discussed training in human resources but focused primarily on agriculture, which is a priority for the country’s development. We talked mostly about agriculture because we believe that agriculture plays an important role in the development of this country. We think we have to create food self-sufficiency in our country in quantity and quality in order to have a healthy population,” said Nze Nsuga.

Nze Nsuga said that the nation needs to do more to promote and encourage agriculture. Equatorial Guinea currently produces some agricultural products that are used for local consumption and others for export, such as cocoa and its derivatives. “We had discussed training and the possibilities for transforming the raw material in our country, which could be used not only for consumption and sale but also to create jobs for the citizens of Equatorial Guinea and foreigners who come to work here,” he said. 

The two universities have also discussed other aspects of agriculture, such as cotton and rice production, which the parties also consider important.

The two universities are also interested in developing training and education to help form professionals in tourism, an area Equatorial Guinea wants to develop. 

Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the United States discusses his nation's views toward the U.S.

In an interview, Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the United States, Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, discusses his nation's views toward the U.S.

When addressing the American audience, Ambassador Nsue Mangue said, “I would like the American people to understand that we are your friend. We like the way you have managed the destiny of your nation and your history. That has not been easy for you because the Americans, after Independence, you also had the Civil War, you also had many challenges.”

“The most important thing we have appreciated in America is their love to their country, their patriotism, and also their progress in science and technology.”

Ambassador Nsue Mangue concluded by saying, “We would like you to understand that we, Equatorial Guinea, we also love our country. We want you to support us in this development process of our country.”

Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the United States discusses global peace and security

In an interview, Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the United States, Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, discusses the importance of leaders around the world working together to promote international peace and security.

Ambassador Nsue Mangue talked about global peace and promotion. “After the second World War, the idea of all international communities was to build a world of peace for the promotion of development in peace. We have not achieved total peace in the world.  There are still many conflicts going on around the world. We have a conflict in the Republic of Central Africa. This is a situation that is a big concern for us,” said Ambassador Nsue Mangue.

For Equatorial Guinea, the issue of peace and security and stability are of major importance because no country, no society can achieve development having instability, internal or external conflict. He said, “We want to invite again all the countries and governments of the world to build and make peace so that our population and the people of the world can enjoy their right to peace and development properly.”

Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the United States discusses economic diversification

In an interview, Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to the United States, Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, discusses his country's efforts to diversify the economy and increase international investment, specifically with the United States. 

Equatorial Guinea’s economy over the last two decades has been based only on the development and promotion of oil and gas industry. “Now after we celebrated the second national economic conference in 2007, the Government of Equatorial Guinea has decided to diversify our economy, so one of our main objectives now is to invite U.S. investors, U.S companies, public and private sector, to participate in the diversification of our national economy. We want to develop now our national agriculture, infrastructure. We want to develop tourism. We want to also develop services,” said Ambassador Nsue Mangue.

Ambassador Nsue Mangue concluded by saying, “The diversification of our national economy is important in order to guarantee the life and the security of our population. To have a country where they have, not only oil and gas energy products, but also where they can have a country with food security and other important sector development like health, education, etc.”