Reverend Jesse L. Jackson visited the Republic of Equatorial Guinea between the 1st and 5th of May in order to experience for himself the political and economic situation in the country and analyze possible cooperation initiatives in education and health with his foundation, Rainbow Push Coalition along with African- American owned institutions that might be interested.
During his stay, Reverend Jackson met with the President of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at El Palacio del Pueblo (the People’s Palace). During the meeting Rev Jackson congratulated President Obiang in person for his recent reelection.
Rev Jackson’s delegation was taken to key sites of strategic importance in the country like the newly built African American University of Central Africa, the La Paz Hospitals and the oil facilities at Punta Europa. Thereafter, Rev Jackson joined a meeting that was taken place between government officials and representatives of the oil and gas industry. On that meeting Rev Jackson mediated on small differences between the two parties and reiterated the strategic importance of the alliance they represent for the development of the country.
Finally, Reverend Jackson met with leaders of all political parties, including those that did not participate in the last elections, in order to discuss the current socio political situation in Equatorial Guinea and analyze the General Elections that took place on April 24th. There, Rev Jackson encouraged all political parties to continue with the good work and encouraged them to “ prioritize a spirit of brotherhood within the country in order to prevent Equatorial Guinea from being recolonized” as it is the case with several other African countries currently.