Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Workshop on Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage


The General Director for Culture and Craft Promotion, Lorenzo Álvaro, began the workshop by presenting its aims to understand the history of World Heritage, highlighting the need for Equatorial Guinea to be on the list.

The workshop featured a presentation by the Coordinator of the UNESCO Cultural Antenna in Malabo, Ellen Lekka, on the “Convention of World Heritage and the nomination processes”.

During the event, there was also a round table, at which each ministry and institution contributed, based on experience in relation to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Officials mentioned several places that could be added to the prestigious list: la Caldera de Luba, el Monte Alen, la Iglesia de Batete.

During the workshop, various officials from the ministries also identified the need to create a protection policy for these places and raise awareness among the population.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Prime Minister Obama Asue Meets Chinese Ambassador Chen Guoyou

On Monday, October 29, Prime Minister Francisco Pascual Obama Asue met the  People's Republic of China’s Ambassador Chen Guoyou. During the discussions, the two focused on issues such as strengthening of relations and cooperation between the two countries.

The Chinese diplomat congratulated the Government for the successful celebration of October 12, and for the hospitality shown to the Vice President of the Permanent Committee of the Chinese People's Assembly, Shang Chunxiang, during his stay in Malabo.

Prime Minister Obama Asue stated that Government wishes that relations between the People's Republic of China and Equatorial Guinea were further strengthened, while he also welcomed China’s gesture of sending a senior delegation to attend the 50th Anniversary of national Independence, in a faithful reflection of the ties of friendship that unite the two countries and its people.

The Prime Minister and the Chinese Ambassador also discussed the Third Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum held in September, and where Equatorial Guinea was represented by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Social Affairs Delegation Visits Senegal for Merck Africa and Asia Forum

On Saturday, October 27, a delegation from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, led by the Vice Minister, Esperanza Gertrudis David Eiso, started a four-day visit to Dakar, Senegal.

Vice Minister Eisto is travelling together with the Director General for Multi-sectoral Coordination, María del Pilar Medja Nvono, and an expert from the Ministry, Mariluz Ikaka Lwanga.

The delegation will attend the fifth edition of the Merck Africa and Asia Forum, representing the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang. The forum will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30 and 31.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Prime Minister Obama Asue Visits Various Ministerial Departments


On Friday, October 26, the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue visited the Ministries of Transport, Postal Service and Telecommunications, Civil Aviation, as well as the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy.

Obama Asue once again stressed the Government’s stance in the fight against corruption, highlighting the duty to control and increase the current account income from the departments, while showing respect for the hierarchy and public goods.

Furthermore, on Monday, October 29, the Prime Minister will continue the visits in Malabo, before going to the Continental Region.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

President Mbasogo Congratulates Ethiopian Counterpart Zewde


The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, sent a message of congratulations to Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, on her election as President of Ethiopia, on October 25.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Senior Delegation Led by Defense Minister Nkogo Attends Opening of VIII Xiangshan Forum

On Thursday, October 25, a senior delegation from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, led by Defense Minister Leandro Bacale Nkogo, attended the opening of the VIII Xiangshan Forum for International Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region, held in Beijing, China. The forum takes place every two years, with its first edition beginning in 2006.

This year's theme of the Forum is “building a new type of security through equality, mutual trust, and win-win cooperation. During the Forum’s sessions, officials from various countries and experts from international organizations will deal with issues such as global security governance, terrorist threats and counter-measures, cooperation in maritime security and peacekeeping, security in northeast Asia, questions relating to the Middle East, and artificial intelligence.

After attending the opening, Defense Minister Leandro Bacale Nkogo had a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, in which the two officials exchanged views on the cooperation between the two countries, and signed an agreement as well. 

In the scope of his activities, the Defense Minister also visited the company Norinco, where he was welcomed by its president, Li Wen Jie. The two spoke about cooperation between the company and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Equatorial Guinea’s National Bank Takes Part in SIBOS 2018


From October 22 to 25, Equatorial Guinea’s National Bank (BANGE) is attending the 40th SIBOS event, which this year takes place in Sydney, Australia, with a senior delegation led by the Deputy Director General, Pedro Abeso Obiang Eyang.

Aiming to set up and consolidate relations with international financial institutions, BANGE is attending the important annual event of conferences and exhibitions, organized by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) for the financial industry, for the second year running.

Under the motto “Enabling digital economy”, the SIBOS 2018 conference discusses four main themes. The topics cover Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, which also means boosting innovation in services and the redefining business models; the New Paradigms and Technologies for sharing information in the fight against financial crimes; Facing the Growing Challenge of Cybersecurity in the Digital Economy; and Adapting to the Evolution of Geopolitical and Regulatory Priorities.

SIBOS is being held in Sydney for the third time now, following successful events held in 1997 and 2006. According to the organizers, the city of Sydney combines energy, innovation and infrastructure – which makes it an ideal location for the event.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Defense Minister Nkogo Arrives in Beijing for VIII Xiangshan Forum

A senior delegation led by Defense Minister Leandro Bacale Nkogo on October 23 arrived in Beijing to take part in a seminar gathering defense ministers from 66 countries.

Bacale Nkogo was welcomed by General Sheng and the diplomatic staff of Equatorial Guinea’s embassy in China, led by the ambassador Germán Ekua Sima. Bacale Nkogo will attend the VIII Xiangshan Forum, which brings together defense ministers from 66 countries and various representatives from international organizations.

The forum aims to highlight international safety and security cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region, and is sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Military Science.

The forum has been held in Beijing since 2006, and has become an important platform for exchange and interaction between Chinese experts and academics and those from foreign countries. The Chinese Academy for Military Sciences and the Chinese Society for Strategic Studies will jointly host the forum from 24th to 26th October.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Vice Minister of Health Brings Brings Family Planning Training to a Close

A total of 82 health professionals from the province of Bioko Norte received their corresponding certificates during the closing ceremony for the course, which was overseen by the Vice Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dámaso Mitiha Ondo.

During the ceremony, the participantsthanked the organizers and there was aalsosynthesis report on the work from a project expert.The UNFPA representative also addressed the audience, as the certificates were presented to the participants.

The meeting concluded with a closing address from the ViceMinister ofHealth, who congratulated everyone, together with the organizers and supporters.

The aim of the project is that by 2019,80percentof women of reproductive age and newborn babies in Bioko and Kie-Ntem will have access to quality information and maternal and neonatal health services.

First Lady Donates Goods to the National Association for Solidarity with the Disabled

The First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangué de Obiang, has donated goods to the National Association for Solidarity with the Disabled in Malabo, as a gesture of gratitude for their active participation in the military and popular parade that marked the 50th Anniversary of Equatorial Guinea on October 12.

The delivery of the goods took place on Friday, October 19, in the CANIGE School centre in Malabo II. The First Lady was represented at the ceremony by her Director General of Protocol, Micaela Nchama Biyogo Obono.

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, María 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.