Thursday, August 30, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Range of Bilateral Agreements

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono, strengthened a wide range of bilateral agreements during a Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy held by the Chamber of Deputies.

The Chamber examined agreements between Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of India and the Plurinational State of Bolivia, among many others.

Equatorial Guinea, India, and Bolivia enjoy strong bilateral relations. Equatorial Guinea and India recently met to discuss investment opportunities in agriculture.

The two sides also discussed the formation of intersectoral cooperation in regards to agriculture.

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed to advancing and investing in the country’s rural sector through international partnerships.

Equatorial Guinea is active at the UN as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea at the UN has also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Defends Human Rights

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through is General Director of Human Rights, Manuel Mba Nchama, defended the importance of human rights at the XXI Ibero-American Summit in the Republic of Peru.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of the promotion, protection, and respect of human rights, through the creation of institutions, laws, cooperation agreements, and adherence to international treaties, among many other mechanisms to promote human rights in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea recently further strengthened human rights protections for women, children, senior citizens, and the disabled during the VI Table for National Dialogue.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of attention to the vulnerable, their social layers and classification, and recommendations for further strengthening of human rights.

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years and significant progress on human rights, including the temporary amnesty against the death penalty, the plan of action to combat human trafficking, the implementation of the Children’s Parliament, the improvement of education for all Equatorial Guineans, and the complete abolition of child labor.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea Vice President Strengthens Aviation Sector

The Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, further strengthened the country’s aviation sector on a visit to the new international terminal of the Malabo Airport.

The terminal, on which construction began in 2015, is set to be completed in the coming months and will expand existing operations and capabilities at the airport. It will be capable of receiving much larger airplanes, including the Airbus 380, and more of them, six to eighteen aircraft during peak periods.

The new building will also include over six hundred parking spaces and a VIP area.

Equatorial Guinea has continually invested in its aviation and transportation sectors. The Government recently expanded air travel though the reduction of the cost of airline tickets, and has improved the national aviation services through personnel training through international and sub-regional forums, hosting the third African Summit on Air Safety and Navigation, and active participation before the ICAO in Montreal, Canada.

The Government has also extensively trained pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, technicians, and engineers, in addition to reforming the General Law on Civil Aviation, creating the Accident Investigation Commission, and implementing a national program for aviation operation security.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Ties with India

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea further strengthened its ties with the Republic of India with the implementation of the agreement of the Joint Committee on Cooperation between the two countries via the Permanent Commission of Foreign Policy, International Cooperation, and African Integration.

The agreement is focused on the visa application exemption for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports between the two countries, as well as policies to promote socioeconomic issues integral to the development of Equatorial Guinea.

The agreement also highlighted ways to promote and strengthen political cooperation, security, the judiciary, human resources, economy, technology, science, and sociocultural sectors. 

Equatorial Guinea and India enjoy strong bilateral relations. Equatorial Guinea and India recently met to discuss investment opportunities in agriculture.

The two sides also discussed the formation of intrasectoral cooperation in regards to agriculture.

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed to advancing and investing in the country’s rural sector through international partnerships.



Thursday, August 23, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Remembers Kofi Annan

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, remembered the former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Kofi Annan.

The President declared that Annan placed Ghana and Africa at the highest levels of importance in the world and he will be remembered for his numerous international achievements.

Equatorial Guinea prepared a book of condolences to share memories of Annan by government officials and members of civil society.

Equatorial Guinea is active at the UN as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea at the UN has also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Equatorial Guinea President Highlights Importance of Economic Diversification

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, highlighted the importance of economic diversification during a recent visit to Malabo by the President of the Gabonese Republic, HE Ali Bongo Ondimba.

The two heads of state also discussed projects to revitalize the economic development of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) and called for an urgent summit to approve such projects. 

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon also agreed to strengthen the peace and security of Central Africa and highlighted the efficacy of the Treaty of Friendship and Good Neighbor, signed between the two countries in 2013.

Equatorial Guinea’s capital, Malabo, is currently the seat of CEMAC Parliament, which is the legal and political forum for the organization, whose mission is the promotion of free trade, the institution of a common African market, and development of the standard of living through economic stability and cooperation.

Equatorial Guinea became a full member state of CEMAC in 1983, joining Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Rwanda.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Strengthens Military for Peace and Security of Africa

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, further strengthened the country’s military for the peace and security of Africa at the celebration of Military Easter at the People’s Palace of Malabo.

The Easter celebration was also joined by the Commander in Chief of the National Armed Forces Responsible for the General Staff and the leaders of the three armies (land, sea, aviation) as well as high-level members of Equatorial Guinea’s military institutions.

The generals presented reports on the current political and geostrategic situation for the defense and security of Equatorial Guinea, as well as the African continent.

Equatorial Guinea recently strengthened peace and security in Central Africa during a meeting with the Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Ahmad Allam-Mi. 

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea at the UN has also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Strengthens Peace and Security of Central Africa

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, further strengthened the peace and security of Central Africa during a recent meeting with the Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Ahmad Allam-Mi. 

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of the protection of the region, including the environment, maritime security, and financial transactions.

The Secretary General praised the President of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for the recent VI National Political Dialogue, and recognized Equatorial Guinea as one of the few stable countries in Central Africa in regards to peace, security, and national cohesion.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.

Equatorial Guinea at the UN has also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Unveils National Visual Health Campaign

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea President of the National Organization of the Blind (ONCIGE), Juan Rocoso, unveiled the national Visual Health Campaign to prevent blindness and detect refractive and ophthalmological problems in order to increase school attendance and performance.

The Campaign, which began 16 August, runs until 30 September in all institutions of learning and education in Equatorial Guinea, including university students and professional career centers.

Equatorial Guinea offers free eye consultations and testing, as well as significantly reduced prices for glasses and corrective wear.

During the last campaign in 2016, Equatorial Guinea successfully treated 679 patients, 106 of which were operated on in the country. The rest were treated in Spain in partnership with the La Arruzafa Foundation of Córdoba.

The ONCIGE 2018 Action Plan, which outlines the Campaign, will also oversee the operations related to visual health in Bata and study the effectiveness to improve the efficiency of the overall program.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides in social welfare, including health and disease education and prevention, in recent years. The Government of Equatorial Guinea has invested resources in building state-of-the-art health facilities, nutritional access programs, and educational sessions to identify and prevent diseases. Equatorial Guinea leads Africa in per capita investments in health care, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Ties with China

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, strengthened bilateral ties with the People’s Republic of China during a meeting with the Ambassdor, Chen Gouyou.

Equatorial Guinea is set to attend the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in Beijing in the coming days, where the two countries are expected to further strengthen ties with the signing of cooperation agreements in the sectors of industry, agriculture, education, tourism, and culture, among many others.

Equatorial Guinea and China enjoy a strong relationship, as they recently agreed to establish a free trade zone between the two countries to promote the freedom and ease of trade and investment for the mutual gain of both countries.

Cooperation between Africa and China has strengthened over the last forty years. In regards to commercial investment, as China invests more than 110 billion in the continent.
China has opened more than 80 secondary schools and China and Africa have hosted more than 100 events and 200 projects in regards to sociocultural development.

In regards to security, Africa works in partnership with China with more than two thousand blue helmets in five United Nations (UN) operations for peace-keeping on the continent.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Hosts Central Africa Football Matches

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea hosted the under-17 qualifies of the Union of Football Federations of Central Africa (UNIFFAC) matches at the country’s world-class athletic facilities in Malabo.

The President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, recently met with the Equatorial Guinea Prime Minister, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, to discuss the success of the tournament, as well as the upcoming African Cup of Nations in 2019.

The CAF President highlighted the development of the Equatorial Guinean Federation of Soccer (FEGUIFUT), among Equatorial Guinea’s other athletic achievements.

Equatorial Guinea has hosted international sporting events in the past, including the Africa Cup of Nations at the newly renovated soccer stadium in Bata and the 2016 FEGUIFUT Cup. The events showcased Equatorial Guinea’s world-class sporting facilities and the increasing importance of soccer and athletics in the country.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Reveals Plan to Further Boost Employment

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its General Director of Labor, Ángel Francisco Ela Ngomo, and the General Director of National Content, Jacinto Nguema Owono, revealed an action plan to further boost employment in the country.

The action plan is focused on finding and training personnel for the Mines and Hydrocarbons sector, among other industries.

The Labor and National Content directories will work in partnership to control the process of contracting services of foreign labor, grant work permits, issue visas and authorization to work to strengthen the national workforce in the hydrocarbons sector.

Equatorial Guinea has called for sustainable development to generate employment, economic growth, and structural economic transformation as a means to eradicate poverty in Africa.

Strengthening the employment market is one of Equatorial Guinea’s areas of focus under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 Plan.

Equatorial Guinea Extends Scholarships to Students Studying Abroad

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, extended scholarships to Equatoguinean students studying abroad in the Kingdom of Morocco. 

The scholarships, under the framework of human resources training development program, were given in the cities of Rabat, Sale, Casablance, Meknes, and Mohamedia, among others.

Equatorial Guinea has a long history of promoting and investing in education, including the achievement of key milestones in literacy, improvement of education for all Equatoguineans by all international standards, as well as the recent recognition by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prizes for Research in Life Sciences. 

Equatorial Guinea is set to open the Afro-American University of Oyala, which will include an information technology (IT) and communications technology training center, among other amenities.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Aviation

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea strengthened its aviation sector and offerings as the Committee of Minister from the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) approved the registration of the Mongomeyen Airport in Equatorial Guinea to its list of community airports.

Equatorial Guinea has continually invested in its aviation and transportation sectors. The Government recently expanded air travel though the reduction of the cost of airline tickets, and has improved the national aviation services through personnel training through international and sub-regional forums, hosting the third African Summit on Air Safety and Navigation, and active participation before the ICAO in Montreal, Canada.

The Government has also extensively trained pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, technicians, and engineers, in addition to reforming the General Law on Civil Aviation, creating the Accident Investigation Commission, and implementing a national program for aviation operation security.

ASECNA also approved the maintenance of aeronautical tariffs in 2019, the request for partnership with Australia, Canada, France, and Japan for space-based meteorological services, the registration of the San Pedro airport in the Ivory Coast, and the framework for Safety Auditing.


ASECNA also implemented the service for the Single Market for Air Transport in Africa, which was launched by the African Union (AU) earlier in the year.

Equatorial Guinea Opens Legislative Sessions

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea held the opening ceremony for the Second Ordinary Period of Sessions for the country’s upper and lower legislative Chambers, which is focused on drafting the State budget, among many other activities.

The chambers are set to examine the draft law on road transport, strengthening key infrastructure, the two proposed laws regarding the family code and governing the criminal responsibility of minors, among other legal documents.

The chambers will also organize a mixed cooperation commission to ratify the agreements and protocols by the Government with key allies and international organizations.

Equatorial Guinea is also set to examine the extension of visas for diplomatic, official, and service passports, the framework agreement for the establishment of the international solar alliance, agreements between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and agreements between Equatorial Guinea and Bolivia.

The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, as well as other high-level Government officials, members of the Supreme Court of Justice, representatives from diplomatic missions, political parties, religious denominations, and international organizations.

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years and significant progress on human rights, including the temporary amnesty against the death penalty, the plan of action to combat human trafficking, the implementation of the Children’s Parliament, the improvement of education for all Equatorial Guineans, and the complete abolition of child labor.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.