Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Defends Sovereignty and Rejects Preliminary Objections of France in Case Before International Court of Justice

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has defended its sovereignty and rejected the preliminary objections by the French Republic and asked the International Court of Justice at The Hague to declare that it has the competence to rule on the request of Equatorial Guinea.

In 2016, the French court opened a suit alleging ill-gotten property against the Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, for which he was sentenced last October to three years in prison and 30 million Euros in fines.

In doing so, France disrespected the diplomatic immunity of the Vice President and also the diplomatic status of the building that houses the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Paris, which France tried to seize in the case.

Equatorial Guinea has taken the case to The Hague to argue the Vice President’s immunity and France’s lack of compliance with international law.

France filed a preliminary objection with The Hague and asked the Court to declare themselves incompetent to rule on the legal process of the Paris Correctional Court.

Equatorial Guinea stressed that the case in France did not respect the country’s sovereignty, interfered in internal affairs, and wrongfully appropriated goods and rights for France.

The Hague is expected to make a decision on competency to review the case in the coming months.

Equatorial Guinea Ambassador and Representative of the United Nations Security Council Welcomes the Resolution for the Ceasefire in Syria

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, welcomed the resolution for the ceasefire in Syria this week by the UN Security Council.

The Security Council, of which Equatorial Guinea is a non-permanent member, voted unanimously to adopt the resolution in an effort to reduce violence in Syria so humanitarian aid could reach the impacted population in the coming days.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of urgent action and dialogue to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria. Equatorial Guinea called on the larger United Nations to do everything in its power as an intergovernmental body to save the lives of Syrians caught in the conflict.

Equatorial Guinea called for mechanisms for peace and dialogue between Israel and Palestine to solve the ongoing disagreement between the two in the Middle East. The Ambassador called for both parties to moderate their actions and refrain from further violence, which may further aggravate the situation. The Ambassador highlighted the support of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, led by the President, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to negotiate a lasting solution to the conflict.

Equatorial Guinea has been an active member of the Security Council and is dedicated to peaceful and sustainable development in the world.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Vice President Highlights Importance of Economic Diversification under Horizon 2020 Program, Strengthens Bilateral Relations with China

The Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in charge of National Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, highlighted the importance of economic diversification under Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 sustainable development program in meetings this week with the Prime Minister of Government in charge of Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue.

The Vice President stressed the importance of educating Equatorial Guineans about the payment of taxes as an additional revenue stream for the Government, moving away from dependence on oil.

The Vice President also noted that negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have concluded, where Equatorial Guinea needs to sign an economic adjustment program in order to receive financing.

The Vice President congratulated the Prime Minister and the Government Committee for their work to convey to the IMF that Equatorial Guinea needs to finance its future projects.

The Vice President also strengthened bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China in a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador, Chen Guoyou.

The two discussed cooperative relations between the two countries. Equatorial Guinea and China enjoy strong ties, and the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was recently invited by the Ambassador to the upcoming China-Africa Forum, which will be held in September. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Calls for Continued Financing of African Solidarity Trust Fund at Food and Agriculture Organization Conference to Eradicate Hunger in Africa, in Line with Sustainable Development Goals

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea called on its African counterparts to redouble their efforts to continue financing the African Solidarity Trust Fund, a financial tool designed to fight hunger, poverty, and increase food security, at the 30th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Africa.

Equatorial Guinea is focused on the issue of food access and pervasive hunger in Africa and has pledged to aim to eradicate hunger on the African continent by 2025, in line with the country’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the 2014 Malabo Declaration.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of food security on the African continent, the inclusion of sustainable biodiversity in agricultural production systems, the employment of young people in the agricultural sector, and the analysis of island states susceptible to the impacts of climate change.

Equatorial Guinea was represented at the Conference by the Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in Italy and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Rome, Cecilia Obono Ndong.

The Conference, which was attended by high-level government officials and ministers from a diverse set of African nations, was held in Khartoum, Sudan.

The FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

Equatorial Guinea Launches National Malaria Control Program, Distributes Free Prevention Supplies

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has launched the National Malaria Control Program and donated more than 175,000 mosquito nets across the island of Bioko, among other prevention supplies.

The Program also began the 25h round of house spraying in Malabo, aided by the support of 150 volunteers.

Equatorial Guinea is focused on eliminating Malaria in the country, as well as informing its citizens of the negative effects of the disease.

The Minister of Health and Welfare, along with the Ministers of Education and Information, as well as representatives from the Ministry of the Interior, launched the Program.

In 2017, Equatorial Guinea achieved high levels of protection against Malaria in clinical trials of a new vaccine. Equatorial Guinea is one of several African countries to hold clinical trials, including Tanzania, Kenya, Mali, and Burkina Faso, as well as Germany and the U.S.