Friday, September 28, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Stresses Preventive Diplomacy at United Nations General Assembly

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, stressed the importance of inclusive dialogue and preventive diplomacy as means of securing international peace and security.

“We cannot guarantee international peace and security as long as the focus of violence creates insecurity for the lives of all peoples,” said the President. “Equatorial Guinea, as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, will support and will always prefer preventive diplomacy in order to prevent conflict, to promote dialogue, and to promote working together for the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Through dialogue, working together, and tolerance between the parties, the United Nations can address the world’s problems.”

The President also highlighted Equatorial Guinea’s open political process, including an annual National Dialogue. “The transition of the country to a multi-party system has been characterized by a democratic openness, an inclusive process, and ongoing dialogue open to all,” said the President.

The President focused on the great strides Equatorial Guinea is making with the Horizon 2020 Development Plan, which is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He outlined the “construction of economic infrastructure such as roads, ports, airports, environmental sanitation, modern hospitals, professional training centers, universities, potable water, [and] electrification,” among other advancements. 

The President is actively engaged in a busy series of meetings on the margins of the UNGA. He has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, José Borrell, among other officials.

He also attended the meetings of the United Nations Security Council, of which Equatorial Guinea is a non-permanent member, to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea and Iran and the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

President Nguema highlighted that Equatorial Guinea does not have, nor does it intend to have, weapons of mass destruction, and called for peaceful, inclusive dialogue to resolve international conflicts.

The Security Council meeting was chaired by his counterpart the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

At the UN, Equatorial Guinea has focused through its Permanent Representative, Anatolio Ndong Mba, on negotiations and dialogue for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Joins African First Ladies in Fight Against HIV/AIDS in the Continent

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea announced today its participation in the XXI General Assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) to cover matters regarding health in the African continent. The OAFLA event is being held around the 73rdsession of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

“Our participation with the African First Ladies at OAFLA is a testament of Equatorial Guinea’s committment in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the African continent,” said Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations. “We are proud to join such a powerful campaign that is so critical as we seek to prevent children contracting HIV, and prevent deaths related to the illness, while maintaining the health of their mothers.”

The Equatorial Guinea delegation is headed by Dr. Justino Obama Nve on behalf of First Lady Constancia Mangue de Obiang. The delegation has been attending a series of senior level meetings since September 24 and is expected to continue for at least the following four days.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Delegation Kicks Off High-Level Meetings at United Nations General Assembly

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea announced today a delegation of senior government officials, including President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, attended a series of meetings in anticipation of the 73rdsession of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City which began on September 25.

President Obiang and the Equatoguinean delegation attended a senior level meeting on Global Action on the Problem of Drugs on September 24. The senior level meeting was called by the President of the United States Donald Trump and accompanied by various political figures. A total of 124 countries, including Equatorial Guinea, are signed to the call of Global Action and additional signatories are expected.

“As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Equatorial Guinea is pleased to take part in meetings of bilateral summits on peace, security and armed conflict during our visit to this year’s General Assembly,” said Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations . “We are honored to join the various nations, and aligned with the UN General Secretary’s remarks, in the global call for immediate action to address the challenges we face today on addiction and drug trafficking.”

Following the senior level meeting, President Obiang headed a courtesy meeting with the United Nations General Secretary António Guterres and signed the United Nations visitors book for 2018.

The Equatoguinean delegation arrived in New York City the morning of September 22 and was welcomed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Simeón Oyono Esono, the Ambassador Representative from the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission before the United Nations Anatolio Ndong Mba, among other senior officials.

Prior to their departure from Equatorial Guinea to visit the United States, President Obiang looked into the work of refurbishment and preparation of the presidential pavilion at Malabo Airport in anticipation of the 50thAnniversary of Independence of Equatorial Guinea on October 12. The Malabo Airport will be the first stop for guests arriving in the next few days in the capital for the celebration. President Obiang was joined by Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Prime Minister Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, among other senior government officials.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Equatorial Guinea to Host African Development Bank 2019 Summit

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is set to host the 2019 meetings of the African Development Bank (ADB).

The meetings have great importance as they will focus on the seventh general capital increase of the ADB.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, highlighted the importance of Equatorial Guinea hosting such an event and called on all Equatoguineans to begin preparing for the meetings.

The meetings will be held at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo, a state-of-the-art facility that has hosted numerous international gatherings in the past, including the African Union Summit and the Africa-Arab Economic Forum, among many others.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Celebrates Miss Equatorial Guinea 2018

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea celebrated the election of Miss Equatorial Guinea 2018, Silvia Adjomo Ndong Ada, from the district of Micomiseng, one of 19 participants from districts across the country.

As the winner of Miss Equatorial Guinea 2018, she will represent Equatorial Guinea at the Miss World competition, as well as the Miss Supranational contest.

Miss Equatorial Guinea represents the country on the world stage, and also participates in important programs in Equatorial Guinea.

In years past, Miss Equatorial Guinea has participated in activities alongside various government ministries, including the distribution of key supplies for the people of Equatorial Guinea such as toys, school supplies, and medical equipment.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Expands Financial Services

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea expanded the country’s financial services with the inauguration of the 29thNational Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE) by the Director General at the Treasury of the State of Malabo II, Manuel Osa Nsue Nsua.

The newest BANGE branch further extends the network of financial services for all Equatoguineans, which offer financial technology (FinTech) banking, among other products.

The strengthening of financial services is in line with Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development program goals. Equatorial Guinea is focused on the training and empowerment of the private sector in mining, fisheries, tourism, agriculture, telecommunications, health, and infrastructure development.

Equatorial Guinea recently issued state bonds through the banks and financial centers of the Economic Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Strengthens Hospitality and Tourism Industry

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Artisanal Promotion, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, further strengthened the country’s hospitality and tourism industry at the recent graduation of the National School of Hospitality and Tourism of the Economic and Monetary Commission of Central Africa (CEMAC).

The Minister highlighted the importance of developing the country’s tourism offerings and destinations, under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in an effort to diversify the economy.

The Equatoguinean graduates, along with colleagues from six other CEMAC countries, studied marketing and hotel management, travel agency operations, conditioning and management of tourist destinations, and sales of tourist offerings.

Equatorial Guinea recently met with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen its ecotourism offerings.

Equatorial Guinea is set to further expand tourism opportunities with the development of first-class tourist experiences for national and international visitors. The program will first undertake pilot tests in two protected areas to determine large-scale viability.

Equatorial Guinea and representatives of the UNDP highlighted the importance of preservation of the natural environments to promote responsible tourism.

Equatorial Guinea has a robust tourism sector and has hosted international conferences, delegations, and sporting events at its world-class facilities. The expansion of tourism opportunities in Equatorial Guinea will further expand the large sector.

Equatorial Guinea was elected to the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2017.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens African Cooperation

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Delegate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, strengthened African cooperation at the meeting of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union. 

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of the promotion and economic transformation of Africa through industrialization, economic development, science, technology, innovation, respect for human rights, peace, security, and good governance. 

The new cooperation agreement, which will replace the Cotonou Agreement in 2020, further strengthens the bilateral relations between the African Union (AU) and the EU.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding economic development and 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, September 17, 2018

Equatorial Guinea National Organization of the Blind Continues to Strengthen Public Health Support

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea National Organization of the Blind (ONCIGE) continued to strengthen its public health support celebrating the organization’s 15thanniversary.

The ONCIGE, assisted by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare as well as the First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Constancia Mangue, manages the Equatorial Guinea Braille School and other visual health services. 

Equatorial Guinea recently implemented its annual national Visual Health Campaign, focused on offering 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). 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Further Strengthens Human Rights

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Permanent Commission of Justice and Human Rights further strengthened human rights in the country with the review of the Proposed Law Regulating the Criminal Responsibility of Minors.

The Commission collected six chapters outlined by the Senate PDGE group to incorporate to the Proposed Law. The chapters address the definition of sanctions against the accused minor, the liability of insurers, as well as education and social reintegration.

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. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Equatorial Guinea at United Nations Security Council Highlights President’s Anticorruption Efforts

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Anatolio Ndong Mba, highlighted at the UN Security Council the extensive anticorruption efforts by the President of the Republic, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Equatorial Guinea prohibits and sanctions those who engage in the misuse of funds or to gain an illegitimate advantage in public service. Equatorial Guinea also highlighted the Civil Servants Act, as well as the Law on Ethics and Dignity in the Exercise of Public Function, both of which focus on anticorruption.

The President and Government have repeatedly condemned corruption and taken strict actions through legislation to ensure such practices do not occur in Equatorial Guinea and the larger region.

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. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Calls for Defense of Human Rights in Syria

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Anatolio Ndong Mba, called for the urgent defense of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic during a UN Security Council session.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted strong concern over the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib and the resulting humanitarian consequences should a large-scale military offensive be launched in the region.

Equatorial Guinea, in line with the approach put forth by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, called for all parties to act with moderation and give priority to the protection of innocent civilians in the area, as well as protect the civilian population, allow freedom of movement, and protect the civil infrastructure, including medical and education facilities.

Equatorial Guinea last week at the Security Council urged human rights protection in Libya, as well as the need for inclusive dialogue in Nicaragua.

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 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 Collaborates with China on Energy

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, returned from Beijing from the III China-Africa Economic Forum and announced continued collaboration with the People’s Republic of China on the Bicomo Power Plant.

The Plant supplies electric energy for the city of Bata, the capital of the Continental Region.

The Equatorial Guinea President further strengthened bilateral relations with China at the Forum this past week. 

Equatorial Guinea highlighted continued committed to cultural and educational exchanges with China.

China, for its part, fulfilled its promise to provide $60 billion of investment and funding for Africa since 2015. China also confirmed millions of financing for economic aid, tax-free loans, and lines of credit to the continent.

A $10 billion fund for development aid was established, as well as a $5 billion fund for African imports. Further, China encouraged companies to invest $10 billion in Africa over the next three years.

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.

The Forum was attended by over 50 heads of state from all over Africa.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Urges United Nations Security Council to Ensure Rights of Immigrants in Libya

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), urged the UN Security Council to ensure the rights of all immigrants in Libya.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted that many immigrants are suffering human rights violations as a result of human trafficking networks, and that the issue is of great concern to the entire African Union (AU).

Equatorial Guinea last week condemned the escalation of violence in Tripoli and demanded justice for those killed and injured by the conflict.

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 Launches Year of Energy Initiative at Africa Oil and Power

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, officially launched the Year of Energy initiative at the III annual Africa Oil and Power (AOP) conference.

The initiative is focused on finding a better way to boost African energy sectors through energy coalitions, regional government cooperation, and public-private funding mechanisms.

The AOP brings together high-level government officials, as well as public and private executives from Africa and all over the world.

Equatorial Guinea has a strong energy industry, and developed new investment opportunities at the II AOP conference, in addition to new partnerships with Cameroon.

Equatorial Guinea is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and is Sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest oil and gas producer.

In 2017, Equatorial Guinea invested its resources in key infrastructure works to spur the country’s economy, including a new headquarters for Exxon Mobil.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Active at UN Security Council, Calls for Inclusive Dialogue in Nicaragua

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Security Council, Anatolio Ndong Mba, called for inclusive dialogue in Nicaragua to light the country out of its current crisis.

The Security Council meeting, which was chaired by the United States of America, focused on the current human rights and security crisis ongoing in the Central American country.

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 President Further Strengthens Relations with China at China-Africa Economic Forum

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, further strengthened bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China as the III China-Africa Economic Forum in Beijing draws to a close.

Equatorial Guinea remained committed to cultural and educational exchanges with China.

China, for its part, fulfilled its promise to provide $60 billion of investment and funding for Africa since 2015. China also confirmed millions of financing for economic aid, tax-free loans, and lines of credit to the continent.

A $10 billion fund for development aid was established, as well as a $5 billion fund for African imports. Further, China encouraged companies to invest $10 billion in Africa over the next three years.

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.

The Forum was attended by over 50 heads of state from all over Africa.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Ecotourism Offerings

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Director General of Tourist Planning and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Artisanal Promotion, strengthened its ecotourism offerings at a recent meeting with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commission.

Equatorial Guinea is set to further expand tourism opportunities with the development of first-class tourist experiences for national and international visitors. The program will first undertake pilot tests in two protected areas to determine large-scale viability.

Equatorial Guinea and representatives of the UNDP highlighted the importance of preservation of the natural environments to promote responsible tourism.

Equatorial Guinea has a robust tourism sector and has hosted international conferences, delegations, and sporting events at its world-class facilities. The expansion of tourism opportunities in Equatorial Guinea will further expand the large sector.

Equatorial Guinea was elected to the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2017.

Equatorial Guinea Highlights Sustainable Development at African Development Bank Conference

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is set to highlight the importance of sustainable development, in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 development plan, at the African Development Bank (ADB) conference.

The ADB conference is focused on evaluating each African country’s sustainable development in line with the 2063 Agenda of the African Union (AU) to achieve economic and social progress throughout the continent.

The 2063 Agenda includes the promotion of equitable employment in agriculture and industrialization, free access to energy and drinking water, the diversification of food sources, and the promotion of inclusive growth and equality for all Africans.

Equatorial Guinea is set to participate in the conference and highlight the significant developments in the country’s development program, along with 300 high-level government officials who will share knowledge and experiences in regards to the evaluation and development of Africa.

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed sustainable development under the country’s Horizon 2020 program. In line with the Goals, Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years, including major reductions in the risk of maternal and infant mortality; free health service and drugs for youth and the elderly; the implementation of progressive gender equality policies; and electricity and sanitation for all citizens.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Active at China-Africa Economic Forum

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has been active at the third China-Africa Economic Forum in Beijing.

The Forum gathers African leaders and C-suite level executives from over 600 companies and research institutions to share information and discuss future cooperation.

Earlier in the week, the President was received by the People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping, and was praised for his leadership of Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea and China 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.