Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea Focuses on Horizon 2020 Development Plan

President Obiang and First Lady Receive International Awards for Economic Diversification and Female Empowerment

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea focused its attention on the economic future of the country and its citizens and the steps taken toward achieving the goals lined on the Horizon 2020 program at the closing of the third National Congress of the party held in Bata this past week .

In recognition of the great strides Equatorial Guinea has made over the years, President Obiang and the First Lady received awards from the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices. The President received the Award for Political Excellence and High Level Leadership in Africa and the First Lady received the Award for Social Action and Female Leadership in Africa. Their work in in the African Union, most notably for calling for economic diversification and in the fight for women’s’ rights, was highlighted.

The closing discussions of the National Congress focused on the sustainable development of Equatorial Guinea with Government’s adherence to the Horizon 2020 plan.

The evolution of industry in Equatorial Guinea away from dependence on oil with increased focus on small and medium-sized enterprises was stressed for the health and future of the nation.

In recent years, the Government has directed efforts toward diversifying economic sectors such as agriculture, tourism, fishing and financial services. Government highlighted increased focus on the growth of private industry, development of new technologies and support for women and children.

The Government’s report on the Millennium Development Goals highlighted a reduction of the population living in poverty by over 50 per cent, the result of projects like improved housing, transportation and health services. Continued work for those most at risk included youth education, social protections and general well-being.

Significantly increased investment in infrastructure has made the country a leader in transportation within Africa.

In closing the weeks’ activities, the President emphasised the importance of adhering to universal democratic principles and recognized each and every Equatorial Guinean for the country’s success over the last three decades.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

President Obiang Focuses On The Future Of Equatorial Guinea

Calls for organizational structure to be put in place for the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea’s survival when he is no longer leading the country

Equatorial Guinean President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo spoke at the third National Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) in Bata this week about the end of his presidency, the direction the party should take moving forward and the success of its leadership so far.

Obiang said he recognized that his time in office is not absolute and that, when the day comes when he can no longer serve the people of Equatorial Guinea, the nationi must be are ready with an appropriate structure so that the ideals and PDGE does not disintegrate.

The party decided at the last Congress that Obiang would be its candidate in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Obiang also used the address to focus on the great strides the country has made since the last Congress and under the leadership of the PDGE. Acknowledging the country’s turbulent history, Obiang praised the PDGE for its commitment to freedom – of the press, of movement within the country, the national political dialogue, of women.

Obiang also highlighted some of the major accomplishments in the last few years under the leadership of the PDGE in infrastructure; investment in education, with the construction of two universities for the first time in the country’s history; housing renovations; the construction of social housing; and new water and light systems.

“One cannot make policy without developing the economy, which guarantees the peace and stability of a nation,” said Obiang.

Obiang finished his address by emphasizing that a healthy PDGE is critical to ensuring the future of Equatorial Guinea.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Democratic Party Of Equatorial Guinea Discusses The Country's Current Democratic State and Outlines Goals For The Future

Congress Meets in Bata This Week

The third National Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) convened in Bata this week to review the political, economic and socio-cultural progress of the country. 

The week’s activities included updates from all ministries, including progress by the Executive and a series of in-depth discussions on the on-going work of Horizon 2020, the nation’s ten-year development plan. They also reviewed development on the greater African continent and held an open dialogue on the democratic process in the country.

The discussions stimulated spirited debate over the most pressing issues facing the country, namely judicial integrity, delinquency and employment. Citing the behavior of a select few corrupt judges, the members called for the reinforcement of judicial integrity based on the fundamental principle of honesty. 

To combat the threat of youth delinquency, the group proposed increased involvement by parents and teachers and the establishment of more green zones, where children can play and participate in sports tournaments. The party also looked at ways to combat the already low level of unemployment in the country, including the establishment of a human resources office and a restructuring of the standard workweek.

The Congress was an inclusive affair that featured speakers from all democratic parties in Equatorial Guinea such as the Popular Union (UP), the Liberal Democrat Convention (CLD), the Social Democrat Party (PSD), the Progressive Democratic Alliance (ADP), the Democratic Social Union (UDS), the Democratic and Popular Social Convergence (CSDP); the Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea (PSGE) and the Liberal Party (PL). The speakers were received enthusiastically, and their inclusion was praised as a sign of a healthy democracy.

The Congress, which adjourns at the end of the week, marks another important milestone in the democratic history of Equatorial Guinea.