Monday, November 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Inaugurates African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States South-South Cooperation Office

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea recently inaugurated theAfrican, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) South-South Cooperation Office in Malabo.

The Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, met with his counterparts from Denmark and Venezuela to discuss the functions and objectives of the Office.

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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Equatorial Guinea to Partner with Total on Energy Exploration Project

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is set to partner with Total on a hydrocarbon exploration project in the coming months.

The President of the Republic, HE Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, met with the Director of Exploration and Production for Africa, Guy Maurice, to discuss the technical aspects of the project.

The Minister of Finance and Secretary of State for Mines also attended the meeting.

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.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Education Minister Meets FEGUIFUT Members

The Minister for Education, University and Sports, Jesus Engonga Ndong, met with members of FEGUIFUT, to express concern about the poor performance of the football sector in Equatorial Guinea, calling for an appropriate response to the current situation. 

During the meetings, the minister raised two concerns: the elimination of Nzalang Women team and the situation regarding the Nzalang Under 23s team, who are soon to play a match against the São Tomé and Principe team, but have a lack of players.

The FEGUIFUT president, Gustavo Ndong Edu, explained the reasons for each of these issues, and presented the solutions that have been implemented.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Information Minister Presents Topics at Interministerial Council Meeting

Following the Interministerial Council meeting on November 6, the Minister for Information, Press and Radio, and Minister Spokesperson for the Government, Eugenio Nze Obiang, presented the topics that were analyzed during the meeting, which took place at the Ministry for Finance, Economy and Planning.

The Minister stated that, during the meeting, the Presidency of the Government presented the draft project for a Decree granting the name of “October 12 2018, 50th Anniversary“ to the Promenade in Malabo, which was the setting for the military and popular parade during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Equatorial Guinea’s Independence.

Nze Obiang indicated that he had sanctioned a legal instrument in order to bring about this popular wish, and the promenade would be called October 12 - 50 Years of National Independence Promenade.

They also analyzed the Membership Convention for the National Gendarmerie of Equatorial Guinea in the Organization of African Gendarmeries (OGA), presented by the Minister of State for National Security, Nicolás Obama Nchama. This is an instrument to confront the situation of international criminality through international cooperation within the framework of the exchange of assistance between all countries in general, and the various institutions in African countries in particular, in order that this cooperation serves as an instrument of security, guaranteeing both the interests and the stability of the African continent. Its aim is also to contribute towards the fight against the new challenges that are affecting the internal security of States, and increase the capacity to prevent crises.

In order to achieve that, it is necessary for the body of the National Gendarmerie to take the initiative and join the OGA, and to also harmonize effective cooperation. The Government gave the go-ahead to this instrument, so that it can follow its legal procedure.

The commission charged with verifying the various income sources at ministerial departments also submitted information to the Interministerial Council. Nze Obiang stated that the Government is aware of the need to find different sources of income, without affecting the well-being of the population.

The Minister and Government Spokesperson also mentioned the collection of non-petroleum income, and stated that in recent months this income had increased and surpassed forecasts, “This is a good information, but the Prime Minister once again recommended to members of the Government to double their efforts in order that what belongs to the State coffers finds its destination”, he noted.

Furthermore, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono, presented some instruments that the Government has to ratify, agreements on cooperation between the republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Yibuti and Portugal; the agreement on reciprocal extension of visas on diplomatic, official and service passports between Equatorial Guinea and the Russian Federation; and the convention for Central Africa on the control of small arms, ammunition and all parts and components, known as the Kinshasa Convention.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Ambassador in Brussels Meets Various European Counterparts

With the recent opening of the ACP Office for South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Malabo, the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador in Brussels, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, had important diplomatic activities to notify his colleagues in the European capital for the functions and aims of this significant office.

On October 29, Nvono-Ncá met the new Spanish Ambassador, Beatriz Larrotcha Palma, to whom he stressed that Spain would particularly value this important achievement by the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa.

Furthermore, the Ambassador met François Roux, the Belgian Permanent representative in the European Union, to whom, in addition to reporting on the opening of the headquarters, he stressed the intentions of the Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Brussels to carry out a powerful visibility campaign for this achievement, both in Brussels and in the rest of Europe, beginning at the start of 2019.

Nvono-Ncá also notified ambassador Roux about the visit of the Equatoguinean delegation next week in Brussels, which will underline the progress that has been made in Equatorial Guinea’s plural political system.

Monday, November 5, 2018

President Hosts Swearing-in Ceremony for Newly Appointed Judicial Personnel

On Friday, November 2, a swearing-in ceremony for the recently appointed judicial personnel took place before the President of the Republic, Head of State and Government, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, at the People's Palace in Malabo.

The Magistrates from the Supreme Court of Justice, the Constitutional Court and the Deputy Attorney General of the Republic swore in one by one, while the attorneys, magistrates and presidents of the provincial courts, judges, director generals of offices and protocol, together with the secretaries of all bodies of Judicial Power, raised their hands collectively before the first magistrate of the nation.

The act took place in the presence of the presidents of constitutional bodies, among whom were David Nguema Obiang Eyang, President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Anatolio Nzang, Attorney General of the Republic, and Fermín Nguema Esono, President of the Constitutional Court, the Prime Minister, Charged with the Administration, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, and other members of the Government and advisers to the head of State's Office.

In his reflections, the President of the Republic appealed to the values of professional ethics and responsibility in the administration of justice throughout the country. He also denounced the practice of corruption and illegal enrichment, and pointed out that the people had lost their trust in justice.

On his part, the President of the Senior Council of Judicial Power invited the auditorium to reflect together on the problem, in order to find a speedy solution.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

President Oversees Extraordinary Session of Technical Committee on Migration in Africa

On Friday, November 2, at the International Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, the Head of State, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw the opening ceremony of the extraordinary session of the technical committee on migration, refugees and displaced persons in Africa.

“The African continent is suffering permanent instability, following the abusive exploitation of its natural resources by colonial powers. Its countries were abandoned to their fate, lacking solid economic structures, and with non-existent technology for development, which is why all African countries are fighting against underdevelopment. Further, they currently still suffer from permanent dependency and extortion from developed countries for the exploitation of their natural resources.” President Obiang stated.

“This general reason for all Africans has created the current crisis of instability in their societies, the massive flight of their citizens to other latitudes and beyond the African continent. We believe that the current mass emigration of Africans to Europe is precisely due to the crisis of underdevelopment, that causes a great depression for Africans in their own countries, so that this emigration cannot be stopped while the situation of underdevelopment remains in Africa.” the President noted.

“It is worth mentioning the historic debt that Europe has to the African continent. Europe could adopt all the mechanisms to fight the already uncontrolled immigration, but the only solution is that it must make amends for the damage that was caused, in such a way that it must adopt a type of  an economic Marshall Plan for Africa, in order to accompany its states towards economic emergence”, President Obiang said during the extraordinary session of the committee.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Social Affairs Delegation Returns from Merck Forum

The Social Affairs delegation that took part in the first anniversary of the Merck Forum in Dakar, Senegal, returned to Malabo on Monday, November 1.

The delegation was led by the Vice Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Esperanza Gertrudis Davies Eiso, the Director General for Multi-sector Coordination, María del Carmen Medja Nvono, and Ministry expert, Mariluz Ikaka Lwanga.

At the Dakar airport, the delegation was seen off by the accredited Equatorial Guinea Consul General in Senegal, Mauricio Mauro Ekua.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Secretary for Horizon 2020 Plan Attends Opening of Global Development Centre in South Korea

The Secretary of State, in charge of the Horizon 2020 National Plan, César Augusto Mba Abogo, attended the opening ceremony for the Global Knowledge Exchange Development Centre (GKEDC) in South Korea.

Various representatives from international economic organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, Green Climate Fund, and OECD countries also attended the ceremony.

At the GKECD, South Korea will offer its experience of the development of the country - from poverty and underdevelopment to being at the forefront of technology in the 21st century. The centre will also serve as a Global Knowledge Hub on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Sustainable Development Goals, and climate change.