Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Donates US$100,000 To Memorial To Victims Of Slavery And Transatlantic Slave Trade

The government of Equatorial Guinea has donated US$100,000 toward the construction of a permanent memorial to honor the victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade. The memorial will be built on the grounds of the United Nations in New York.

Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, Equatorial Guinea’s Delegate Minister of Culture and Tourism, announced the donation today and said, “President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has responded positively to your call. The President of the Republic has asked me to express the gratitude of the people of Equatorial Guinea for your tireless efforts. I am the carrier of our contribution, which is symbolic, but for us, it expresses our firm commitment to this noble cause. We hope that this permanent memorial will embody the invincible spirit of our ancestors, their sons, their grandsons, their great grandsons, and all of their descendants.”

 “We are all part of the same family,” she said, “a large family, the family of humanity. At the foot of this memorial, all of us in the Caribbean, in Africa or elsewhere, we all say, cry together, sing together: Never, never, never again.”

Delegate Minister Mba Obono said that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, its people, its government, and its president, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, are proud to be associated with this event.

“In honor of the victims of slavery, we participate in the restoration of the dignity of those who had been stripped of everything. A permanent memorial here at United Nations Headquarters is not only a powerful symbol for the education of future generations, but also a clear reminder to anyone who would like to forget. Equatorial Guinea is therefore determined to associate itself fully with the remembrance.”

Mba Obono recalled that the islands of Bioko and Annobón in Equatorial Guinea were important landing sites for the slave trade. “Black pearls – human pearls- were captured and…shipped to the Americas. Volcanic peaks, the green velvet of our rainforests, the luxuriance of our nature, the black sand of Bioko may have given some people a picture of a tropical paradise. But for decades, our people were subjected to the vilest exploitation of man by man.”

“Human trafficking was at the heart of deep structural inequalities, both economically and socially,” she said. “These injustices and inequalities continue to affect people of African descent throughout the world. Member states must sustain their efforts. Equatorial Guinea welcomes the initiative by the Caribbean states to erect a permanent memorial. Those who did fall under the yoke of slavery had few hiding places. What was left was their beliefs, their drums, their invincible determination not to die. They ran the risk of losing their identity, the reason for living.”

Equatorial Guinea Donates $100,000 To Build A Museum To House The Eric Edwards African Artifacts Collection

The government of Equatorial Guinea has donated US$100,000 toward the construction of the Cultural Museum of African Art, which will be located in the Bedford Stuyvesant, section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The museum will showcase the Eric Edwards African Artifacts collection.

Eric Edwards, a native of Brooklyn, has amassed one of the country’s largest collections of African art over the last 40 years. His collection, most of which is housed in a loft space in Brooklyn, consists of some 1,500 objects, including masks, statues and other artifacts such as garments, jewelry, weapons and household items used in African villages.

Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, Delegate Minister of Culture and Tourism visited and reviewed the collection in Brooklyn yesterday, as well as Medgar Evers College, where a few items of the collection are being displayed.

She was accompanied by Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, permanent representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, and other officials from the UN mission and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

During their official visit to New York, the Equatorial Guinea delegation also attended the pledging event for the permanent memorial to honor the victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade, and the launch of the international decade for people of African descent.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Boosts Energy Projects

Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy recently invested in a supply center of electrical equipment in Mbini and signed an agreement with the Turkish company Karadeniz Holding, for the potential provision of a Powership (floating power plant) of 120 MW (megawatts) in early 2015, as part of the government’s efforts to further develop the energy sector.

“SEGESA Holding has seen the opportunity to give a decisive boost to the energy sector by diversifying its production and commercial activities,” said Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy and Chairman of the Steering Committee for Restructuring SEGESA.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has established the Industrialization Plan of Equatorial Guinea (PEGI) 2020, aimed at creating a guide for the development of sustainable industry and a diversified economy. The new supply center of electrical equipment in the city of Mbini shows the Ministry’s commitment to the national industrialization plan.

The new logistics supply center for electrical materials establishes the creation of a joint venture between SEGESA HOLDING SA (division of the Electricity Company of Equatorial Guinea) and ASPI Group Equatorial Guinea, a subsidiary of the Bulgarian company ASPI GREEN ENERGY Ltd.

The new plant will supply materials according to the energy needs of Equatorial Guinea, being manufactured by leading producers in the field of electricity, with a certificate of quality and a material testing laboratory.

Minister Obiang Lima continued to say, “this project is a critical step taken by the Government of Equatorial Guinea to ensure enough electricity generation in the country.”