Monday, June 4, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Strengthens Information and Communications Technology with CPLP

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea further strengthened its information and communication technology sectors at the X Meeting of Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Ministers for Communications and ICT.

The CPLP member states reviewed the Digital Agenda, the strategic document to develop the digital economy. The Agenda is focused on providing the most modern tools regarding new technologies, creating a payment system for financial transactions, and promoting electronic commerce in local communities.

Equatorial Guinea recently announced the expansion of the Ceiba-2 fiber optic cable from Malabo to Kribi, Cameroon and Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

The Management of Public Telecommunications Infrastructure (GIGTE) offers fiber optic connectivity and Internet services for the education, economic, and social development of Equatorial Guinea in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 goals.

The improvement of connectivity increases job opportunities for Equatorial Guineans, business sales, education and training for students and professionals, and communication within Equatorial Guinea and with the rest of the world.

The fiber optic underwater and land cable connects Equatorial Guinea’s mainland and island of Bioko to high-speed international Internet services.

The advent of the new telecommunications services increases connectivity, speed, and capacity, all with a lower cost, for the Equatorial Guineans.

Equatorial Guinea, a proud member of the CPLP, joined the organization in 2014, joining the members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor.

Equatorial Guinea was the sixth African country to join the CPLC, which was founded in 1996 and now has nine member countries. The organization aims to promote cooperation among the member countries. Equatorial Guinea was an observer from 2006 to 2014. Portuguese has become the third official language of the country, following Spanish and French.