Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Implements Economic And Social Development Plan, Says Second Vice President At United Nations General Assembly

National Development Plan Objectives Exceed Millennium Development Goals
Equatorial Guinea has implemented its Horizon 2020 development plan, which aligns with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security, at the United Nations General Assembly.

During his opening remarks, Obiang Mangue said that upon completion of the MDGs program, Equatorial Guinea has successfully reached and surpassed its objectives. He also highlighted the country’s development plan objectives. “Equatorial Guinea’s development plan, Horizon 2020, aims to build basic infrastructure of international order to improve productivity and accelerate economic growth, reinforce human capital and improve the quality of life of its citizens, build a diversified economy based on four sectorial pillars: energy and mining sector, fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture and livestock and finally, the service sector, and implement quality governance to serve the public.”

Obiang Mangue said that Equatorial Guinea fully shares the concern of the rest of the international community regarding climate change. “The Amazon in South America and the Congo Basin in Central Africa represent the world’s lungs to conserve the environment and biodiversity and they require special attention in the upcoming Paris Conference on climate change,” he said.

Vice President Obiang Mangue concluded, “We want to express our commitment as a member of the United Nations to contribute in all processes that lead to improving the functioning of this global organization."

Monday, September 28, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Reports Significant Reduction In Poverty And Improvements In Health

2015 Report on Millennium Development Goals shows success in meeting goals.

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea released its 2015 National Report on the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the fifteen years since signing the Millennium Declaration along with 189 countries, Equatorial Guinea has seen great improvement in poverty reduction and healthcare development due largely to the Government’s efforts.

There has been a continuous improvement in the population’s living conditions. The proportion of the population living under the poverty line has dropped from 76.8% in 2006 to 43.7% in 2011 (Source: EDSGE, 2011), resulting in a reduction of 33.1 percentage points. At this rate, the percentage of the population living on less than 2 US dollars a day in Equatorial Guinea is estimated to be 17.38% by the end of 2015, far exceeding their MGD targets.

The Report also details Government focus on access to adequate healthcare through targeted policies to combat maternal and infant mortality. By providing free access to treatment, the rate of maternal mortality was significantly reduced from 1,600 out of 100,000 live births in 1990 to 290 out of 100,000 live births in 2013. This reduction of 81% exceeded the target set for 2015 of 400 out of 100,000 live births.

Mortality for children under the age of five has declined by 38%, from 182 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 113 per 1,000 live births. In addition, prenatal coverage increased from 61% in 2008 to 91% in 2011, 10 points above the world average of 81%.

Equatorial Guinea now has the highest literacy rate in Africa, which increased from 88.7% to 95.7%. The country built more than 40 new primary schools, increasing the number from 813 to 857. Increased spending on infrastructure was highlighted as well, with the construction of the national network of roads, increasing mobility and accessibility across the country and making it the largest network among neighboring countries. The current population in Equatorial Guinea is 1,222,442.

The 2015 Report is the third such assessment as part of a joint effort between Equatorial Guinea and the United Nations to provide a current overview of the progress made under MDGs in the country.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Reaches Millennium Development Goals, Says Second Vice President

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue Shares Country’s Success at UN Sustainable Development Summit
Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the country’s National Plan for Economic and Social Development, Horizon 2020, established in 2007, said Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, held at the UN from September 25-27.

Obiang Mangue said the country has invested in programs to strengthen human capital and improve the quality of life of citizens.

“The National Plan for Economic and Social Development, like the Sustainable Development Goals, focuses on the construction of infrastructure to improve productivity, accelerate diversification and economic growth, and implement governance that will ensure the representation and participation of citizens, among other things,” he said.

The successful implementation of the first phase of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development has allowed Equatorial Guinea to achieve significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

“Equatorial Guinea has reduced the number of people living below the poverty line by more than 50 percent, improved education access for children, extended the literacy rate of women to 96 percent, reduced child mortality by more than 50 percent and maternal mortality by 81 percent, improved health services infrastructure and accessibility, reduced malaria in the country and developed awareness campaigns to communicate the dangers of HIV/AIDS, as well as free access to treatment, improved nature conservation and environmental sanitation, and improved public finances translated into increased exports.”

The report on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Equatorial Guinea has been delivered to this high-level conference for consideration.

Vice President Obiang Mangue said, “Upon completion of the period for meeting the Millennium Development Goals,  based on the fight against poverty it is clear that there is a need to design a new global development strategy that includes the current and future concerns of humanity such as climate change, sustainable consumption, innovation and the importance of peace and justice for all.”

During his closing remarks, he reiterated the commitment of the government and people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that they have recently adopted.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador To The United States Discusses Investment Opportunities With Governor Of Virginia

Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme, Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea accredited in the United States, recently met with the Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to discuss the objectives of Equatorial Guinea’s economic diversification, which is part of the Horizon 2020 development plan.

During the meeting, Ambassador Evuna Andeme reiterated the country’s efforts to attract foreign investment and explained the many advantages the country offers. Both parties talked about investment opportunities for businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Equatorial Guinea’s public health, agriculture, ports, education and poultry sectors.

The first secretary of the Equatorial Guinea embassy in Washington, D.C., Roman Ekua Obama, and Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, Todd Haymore, were also present at the meeting.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has made the development of the agricultural sector a major priority, including the revival of its once-thriving cacao sector, which produced some of the world’s highest-quality cacao for many years.

“I appreciate very much Governor McAuliffe’s hospitality and his interest in Equatorial Guinea,” said Ambassador Evuna Andeme. “He was very well informed about our country, and our discussions were quite positive. Equatorial Guinea is modernizing rapidly and has benefited greatly from American investment, and American companies have found that Equatorial Guinea is a good place to do business. Virginia is a dynamic state with excellent companies, and we think Virginians will make good business partners for us.”