Thursday, September 22, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Prioritizes Economic and Social Transformation Through Human Capital Development and Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Equatorial Guinea donates to FAO, WHO, and UNESCO as Horizon 2020 makes great strides.

Equatorial Guinea has prioritized economic and social transformation through human capital development and inclusive and sustainable growth, which aligns with the country’s Horizon 2020 Development Program, said Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, at the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister Mba Mokuy outlined the four priorities of Horizon 2020, including developing modern infrastructure; strengthening human capital and improving the quality of life for every citizen; diversifying the economy with support from the private sector; and good governance.

The program has made significant progress since implementation last year, including major reductions in the risk of maternal and infant mortality; free health service and drugs for youth and the elderly; the development of agriculture and hydrocarbons to create more jobs; the implementation of progressive gender equality policies; and electricity and sanitation for all citizens.

Mba Mokuy also noted that Equatorial Guinea has donated $30 million XAF to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to fight hunger on the African continent, $2 million and $36 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight Ebola and research the Malaria vaccine, respectively, and $3 million to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to combat endemic diseases such as Ebola, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

Mba Mokuy addressed the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York amid a busy series of meetings for Equatorial Guinea, including the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the U.S. Africa Business Forum, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Foreign Affairs Ministerial meeting.