Friday, October 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Highlights Stability in Congo

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea highlighted the Democratic Republic of Congo’s progress in regards to stability at a recent meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea high-level officials, as well as representatives from Bolivia and France, traveled to Congo in early October to monitor their upcoming electoral process.

Equatorial Guinea outlined Congo’s peaceful election framework regarding the publication and printing of voter lists, the reduction of political tension, transparent use of voting machines, and open, peaceful dialogue between all parties. 

Congo is set to hold elections on 23 December. 

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, October 18, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Calls for Transformation of African Economies, Hosts Council of Ministers of the Central African Economic Union

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea called for the development and transformation of African economies as it hosted the 33rdOrdinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the Central African Economic Union (UEAC).

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the need for deepening regional integration and sustainable development for the transformation of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) countries. 

High-level officials from CEMAC countries discussed the budgets of economic institutions focused on development, as well as a working framework for the agencies focused on economic transformation in within the UEAC.

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.

The Session was held at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo, the state-of-the-art facility that has hosted numerous international gatherings, including the African Union (AU) Summit and the Africa-Arab Economic Forum, to name just a few. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Celebrates International Day of the Girl

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its First Lady, Constancia Mangue, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, celebrated the International Day of the Girl with the announcement of new equality initiatives and school celebrations.

Equatorial Guinea joined the international community and called for the full participation of women in the workplace by addressing gender stereotypes and barriers to entry. Equatorial Guinea highlighted the need to rapidly expand access to training and inclusive education, create schools and training programs that address gender bias, and increase female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.

Equatorial Guinea is focused on economic diversification through the empowerment of women’s rights, in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 development plan. The First Lady has received the Award for Social Action and Female Leadership in Africa, international recognition of the country’s great strides it has made in recent years. 

Government has highlighted increased focus on the growth of private industry, development of new technologies, and unwavering support for women and children.

Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality recently strengthened the country’s child protection system through the review of the Study on Minors in Conflict with the Law, which outlined strategies to identify possible causes of delinquency in minors, as well as proposed appropriate psychological interventions for social integration, and function of the familial structure and community to avoid conflicts. 

Equatorial Guinea has made great progress over the years 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, October 15, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Calls for Higher International Cybersecurity Standards

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its new Technologies Section Chief, called for higher international cybersecurity standards at the 1stAfrican Cybersecurity Forum.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the need for international cooperation to combat cybercrimes across country borders and the creation of capacity development programs in Africa to allow judicial authorities to judge cybercrimes in the continent.

According to recent studies, African is one of the most exposed areas of the world to cyber criminals, given the rapid increase in digital connectivity without the appropriate policies and legislation needed to strengthen security. 

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides to further advance their telecommunications as an overall effort to promote socioeconomic development throughout the country and reach the Horizon 2020 sustainable development goals.

The Forum, held in Ethiopia, was organized by the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the European Council (EC), Interpol, and the United Nations Office for Combating Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Friday, October 12, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Highlights Development in Celebration of 50th Independence Day

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, highlighted the country’s development under his leadership at the 50thanniversary of Equatorial Guinea’s Independence Day.

The President outlined the government’s leadership during the economic crisis in the 1980’s, and the following investment and development that unleashed the country’s economy. 

Equatorial Guinea invested and constructed paved roads, transformed rural centers intro cities, built large ports and airports for shipping and travel, developed robust telecommunications, installed access to electricity and the supply of clean drinking water, built social housing, and provided social services to the most vulnerable. 

Equatorial Guinea’s Independence Day was celebrated with an impressive military and political parade, and the President received personal congratulations from a number of countries, including the United States of America, China, Djibouti, France, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain, and Tunisia, among many others. 

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides since independence in 1979 on political, economic, and social levels.

Equatorial Guinea was able to properly assess the role of the country’s natural resources through the National Political Dialogue, as well as focus on good governance and the appropriate application of the law, ensuring human rights for all Equatoguineans.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant advancements 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.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Begins Preparations for 50th Independence Day

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has begun preparations for the country’s 50thNational Independence Day on 12 October with the opening of the Culinary, Artisan, Manufacturing, and Agriculture Fair by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality.

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has overseen preparations for the national celebration, and has received numerous letters of congratulations from world leaders, including from China, Djibouti, France, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain, and Tunisia, among many others. 

In celebration of the upcoming Independence Day, the President has issued pardons to a number of convicted criminals in a gesture of goodwill.

The President and First Lady will lead the Independence Day celebrations, along with high-level government officials and members of the military, including spouses.

Equatorial Guinea has made great strides since independence in 1979 on political, economic, and social levels.

Equatorial Guinea was able to properly assess the role of the country’s natural resources through the National Political Dialogue, as well as focus on good governance and the appropriate application of the law, ensuring human rights for all Equatoguineans.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant advancements 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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Child Protection

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, MarĂ­a Consuelo Nguema Oyana, strengthened the country’s child protection system through the review of the Study on Minors in Conflict with the Law. 

The Study review, which was attended by high-level representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as the National Organization of the Blind in Equatorial Guinea, outlined strategies to identify possible causes of delinquency in minors, as well as proposed appropriate psychological interventions for social integration, and function of the familial structure and community to avoid conflicts. 

Equatorial Guinea has made great progress over the years 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, October 9, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Inaugurates South-South Cooperation Headquarters

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, inaugurated the South-South Triangular Cooperation offices for the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) in Malabo II.

The President highlighted that the offices will support the work of the ACP countries to achieve the internationally agreed sustainable development goals (SDGs) as well as set up a more equitable framework for an ACP market. 

The opening included a panel regarding international politics with high-level international officials from government and non-governmental bodies, including the United Nations (UN), EU, African Union (AU), and the government of Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea continues to be a focal point for international and African cooperation and business as it prepares to welcome offices for South-South Cooperation and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group in the country’s capital Malabo.

Equatorial Guinea has hosted these and other such international organizations in the past.

The office is fully equipped for ACP and South-South Cooperation meetings and operations, including a local staff offered by the Government of Equatorial Guinea. The office is set to be the headquarters of the exchange of information and key solutions for the development of the ACP and South-South Cooperation.

The UN established South-South Cooperation to promote trade and collaboration between developing countries, mainly African, Asian, and South American countries.

Similarly, the ACP is focused on sustainable development and poverty reduction of its member states, which include 79 countries over three continents.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Remains Committed to Non-Proliferation

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Third Deputy Representative to the United Nations (UN), remained committed to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea called on all UN member states to fight against terrorism and terrorist acts by Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted its concern regarding the growth and evolution of terrorist groups around the world, especially in Africa, and called for the Security Council to continue investment in the implementation of international safety resolutions. 

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.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Highlights Education Advancements with UNESCO

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, highlighted the country’s recent educational advancements, including the construction of the Afro-American University in Djibloho, with the special representative from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The President outlined his vision for the educational sector of Equatorial Guinea, including how the soon-to-be operational University will be an important institution for all young Equatoguineans and the larger African continent. The two also discussed how the University can create partnerships with like international universities to further strengthen its educational offerings.

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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Continues to Strengthen Energy Industry with International Gas Conference

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the President of the Republic, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, continued to strengthen the country’s energy industry as it’s set to open the International Gas Conference in Sipopo.

The Conference, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, CWC Group, and SONAGAS, attracts high-level energy industry officials from all over the world.

Equatorial Guinea has signed a number of agreements regarding energy in recent years, including with Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Nigeria to export natural gas and LNG.

Equatorial Guinea recently launched the Year of Energy initiative at the III annual Africa Oil and Power (AOP) conference. 

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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Equatorial Guinea President Urges Inclusive Dialogue to Resolve Conflicts at the Seventh Diplomatic Conference

The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, urged inclusive dialogue to resolve international conflicts at the opening of the 7thDiplomatic Conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Malabo.

The President highlighted that global diplomacy is fluid and all Equatoguinean diplomats must be dynamic in order to respond appropriately to all situations.

The President also stressed that it is necessary for all diplomats to maintain Equatorial Guinea’s diplomatic foundations of respect for the sovereignty of states, non-interference in internal affairs, and equal treatment of all countries.

President Nguema highlighted the values of Equatorial Guinea as a peaceful country, one that speaks out against arms trafficking, terrorism, mercenaries, crime, and any interference against the Charter of the United Nations (UN). The vision of Equatorial Guinea is to include all African countries in commercial exchange via the African Union (AU).

The President recently returned from the 73rdSession of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), where he stressed preventive diplomacy as means to secure international peace and security. 

President Nguema at the UNGA also attended the high-level session of the UN Security Council regarding North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Yemen, and engaged in a busy series of meetings on the margins with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and heads of state from a number of countries.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Strengthens Technical and Professional Training

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea strengthened professional training with the opening of the Nostradamus Institute of Technical and Professional Training in Malabo II.

The Institute will open for the 2018-2019 school year and offer training in banking and finance, office automation and communications, administrative services, and pharmaceutical, among other special sectors.

The Institute will also offer exercises in repairing microcomputer systems, systems operation, clinical analysis laboratory, and accounting and auditing.

The construction and staffing of the Institute is in line with the Government program for training in human resources. 

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.