Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Equatorial Guinea Ambassador To The United States Presents Credentials To President Obama

Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme presented his credentials as Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador to the United States to President Barack Obama on February 23, 2015.

Before being named ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Evuna Andeme was the General Director of Cabinet at the Department of Missions in the Presidency of the Republic in Malabo, where his responsibilities included preparing statements, speeches and correspondence for the president. Previously, he was Director General for Administrative Affairs for the Presidency and a procurement and contracts advisor for Hess Corporation in Equatorial Guinea.

Ambassador Ntutumu Evuna received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2003. While at La Roche, he co-founded the International Forum of African Students.

He was accompanied at the White House ceremony by his wife and five children.

The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an ambassador’s service in Washington.

The United States and Equatorial Guinea have maintained diplomatic relations since the Equatorial Guinea’s independence from Spain in 1968. American companies have been instrumental in developing the country’s petroleum sector, which has been the engine of explosive economic growth and social development. Today, Equatorial Guinea boast the highest literacy rate in Africa and the second-highest highest per capita spending on health. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

President Obiang Did Not Attend Carnival In Rio De Janeiro, Equatorial Guinea Says

Brazilian companies sponsored samba. Government provided cultural materials and national ballet troupe.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has issued a statement refuting press reports that President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo had attended the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro and that the government had sponsored a samba. Several news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, had carried that erroneous information.

The Ministry of Information, Press and Radio confirmed that President Obiang was in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, at a meeting of African leaders discussing ways to combat the threat of Boiko Haram in West Africa. It said that a group of Brazilian companies doing business in Equatorial Guinea had sponsored the samba, Beija Flor, which dedicated its performance to the government of Equatorial Guinea.

It said the government of Equatorial Guinea “supplied material for the show, as well as information on our country, its art and culture.” It said the National Ballet of Equatorial Guinea, Ceiba, participated with Beija Flor.

“Despite what was published by numerous international media, the initiative of paying this homage to Equatorial Guinea did not come from the Government of Equatorial Guinea, or from the Presidency of the Republic,” the government statement said. “It deals with an initiative that emerged from the Brazilian companies that operate in Equatorial Guinea, along with the school Beija Flor. An initiative that we supported.”

The statement asserted that The Wall Street Journal had erroneously identified President Obiang in a photo taken at the Carnival celebrations. “The person that is seen in the photo is Jose Mba Obama, Vice Minister of the Government,” the statement said.

“H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been carrying out his agenda in African and national matters,” the statement said. “He has been in Yaounde (Cameroon) participating in the Extraordinary Meeting on Security of the ECCAS, in order to seek solutions to confront the danger of Boko Haram. A truly important and transcendental meeting for the security of Africa.”

The Carnival of Rio de Janerio offered a special homage to the African continent and Equatorial Guinea, through the presentation of the Beija Flor Samba School, with the slogan: “Africa: happy, strong and full of color.”

See the full text of the government statement here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Equatorial Guinea To Launch The American University Of Central Africa

Government seeks advice from StoneHill Education and Boston University School of Education

The government of Equatorial Guinea has partnered with StoneHill Education, an educational consultancy firm to launch the American University of Central Africa in the city of Oyala, Equatorial Guinea, this fall.

The Ministry of Education, led by Jesus Engonga Ndong, Minister of Education and Science, has been working with Stonehill Education, Unicon and the Boston University School of Education to lay the foundations for the American University of Central Africa.

Sherina Hosein Mohammed, StoneHill Education President, said, “StoneHill Education started working in this project three years ago, first meeting with the President of Equatorial Guinea and the Minister of Education to understand clearly what was needed and to offer the best possible solution.”

“The leaders in Equatorial Guinea have an amazing vision for their country and their people,” she said, “and are investing a lot of time, effort and money to make it a reality. All of this in line with the Horizon 2020, a comprehensive footprint for the country’s growth.”

Stonehill Education studied and analyzed the country, the economic sectors, the industry needs, the people and the existing educational situation and made a proposal that was tailored to the reality and needs of Equatorial Guinea.

“With this particular project we are offering a private layer of management in a publicly owned educational institution. We would assist from initial planning, program development, marketing, recruitment of faculty and of students, university management system (including Learning management Systems), facilities management, consultancy in the supply of furniture, laboratories, residences,” said Mohammed.

“Another area that is crucial for any new university is to start the development of their network and links with other universities and institutions. We aim to expand the collaborations, the student exchanges, the faculty training, etc. For example, StoneHill Education is working to partner with the School of Education of Boston University for technical assistance in developing the programs for the School of Education at AUCA. AUCA will impact the lives of many. The future education sector in EG will become more international,” concluded President Mohammed.

Dr. Hardin Coleman, Dean and Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Development at Boston University, hopes to work with the initial teacher educators to help them put the curriculum into practice. Dr. Coleman has had the opportunity to visit Equatorial Guinea and was impressed by the University and the quality of education that the West African nation has.

“I came away from my visit impressed by the facility and the government’s commitment to improving the quality of primary education in Equatorial Guinea through improving the preparation of primary school teachers in Equatorial Guinea and Central Africa,” said. “I am very impressed by the desire to improve the education system within a multilingual and multicultural context.  We look forward to working with Stonehill Education to develop a high-quality curriculum to be used by the faculty at the school of education.”

The government of Equatorial Guinea has heavily invested its oil revenues in the country by focusing on improving education, developing human capital and diversifying its economy. Education has been a top priority for the government in Equatorial Guinea. The country has an adult literacy rate of nearly 100%--the highest in Africa. Since 1979, citizens of Equatorial Guinea have received more than 500,000 scholarships to study in universities and professional and technical-training programs outside the country. This figure includes multiple scholarship recipients and people who have remained outside the country.