Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Implements Economic And Social Development Plan, Says Second Vice President At United Nations General Assembly

National Development Plan Objectives Exceed Millennium Development Goals
Equatorial Guinea has implemented its Horizon 2020 development plan, which aligns with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security, at the United Nations General Assembly.

During his opening remarks, Obiang Mangue said that upon completion of the MDGs program, Equatorial Guinea has successfully reached and surpassed its objectives. He also highlighted the country’s development plan objectives. “Equatorial Guinea’s development plan, Horizon 2020, aims to build basic infrastructure of international order to improve productivity and accelerate economic growth, reinforce human capital and improve the quality of life of its citizens, build a diversified economy based on four sectorial pillars: energy and mining sector, fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture and livestock and finally, the service sector, and implement quality governance to serve the public.”

Obiang Mangue said that Equatorial Guinea fully shares the concern of the rest of the international community regarding climate change. “The Amazon in South America and the Congo Basin in Central Africa represent the world’s lungs to conserve the environment and biodiversity and they require special attention in the upcoming Paris Conference on climate change,” he said.

Vice President Obiang Mangue concluded, “We want to express our commitment as a member of the United Nations to contribute in all processes that lead to improving the functioning of this global organization."

Monday, September 28, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Reports Significant Reduction In Poverty And Improvements In Health

2015 Report on Millennium Development Goals shows success in meeting goals.

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea released its 2015 National Report on the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the fifteen years since signing the Millennium Declaration along with 189 countries, Equatorial Guinea has seen great improvement in poverty reduction and healthcare development due largely to the Government’s efforts.

There has been a continuous improvement in the population’s living conditions. The proportion of the population living under the poverty line has dropped from 76.8% in 2006 to 43.7% in 2011 (Source: EDSGE, 2011), resulting in a reduction of 33.1 percentage points. At this rate, the percentage of the population living on less than 2 US dollars a day in Equatorial Guinea is estimated to be 17.38% by the end of 2015, far exceeding their MGD targets.

The Report also details Government focus on access to adequate healthcare through targeted policies to combat maternal and infant mortality. By providing free access to treatment, the rate of maternal mortality was significantly reduced from 1,600 out of 100,000 live births in 1990 to 290 out of 100,000 live births in 2013. This reduction of 81% exceeded the target set for 2015 of 400 out of 100,000 live births.

Mortality for children under the age of five has declined by 38%, from 182 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 113 per 1,000 live births. In addition, prenatal coverage increased from 61% in 2008 to 91% in 2011, 10 points above the world average of 81%.

Equatorial Guinea now has the highest literacy rate in Africa, which increased from 88.7% to 95.7%. The country built more than 40 new primary schools, increasing the number from 813 to 857. Increased spending on infrastructure was highlighted as well, with the construction of the national network of roads, increasing mobility and accessibility across the country and making it the largest network among neighboring countries. The current population in Equatorial Guinea is 1,222,442.

The 2015 Report is the third such assessment as part of a joint effort between Equatorial Guinea and the United Nations to provide a current overview of the progress made under MDGs in the country.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Reaches Millennium Development Goals, Says Second Vice President

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue Shares Country’s Success at UN Sustainable Development Summit
Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the country’s National Plan for Economic and Social Development, Horizon 2020, established in 2007, said Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, held at the UN from September 25-27.

Obiang Mangue said the country has invested in programs to strengthen human capital and improve the quality of life of citizens.

“The National Plan for Economic and Social Development, like the Sustainable Development Goals, focuses on the construction of infrastructure to improve productivity, accelerate diversification and economic growth, and implement governance that will ensure the representation and participation of citizens, among other things,” he said.

The successful implementation of the first phase of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development has allowed Equatorial Guinea to achieve significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

“Equatorial Guinea has reduced the number of people living below the poverty line by more than 50 percent, improved education access for children, extended the literacy rate of women to 96 percent, reduced child mortality by more than 50 percent and maternal mortality by 81 percent, improved health services infrastructure and accessibility, reduced malaria in the country and developed awareness campaigns to communicate the dangers of HIV/AIDS, as well as free access to treatment, improved nature conservation and environmental sanitation, and improved public finances translated into increased exports.”

The report on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Equatorial Guinea has been delivered to this high-level conference for consideration.

Vice President Obiang Mangue said, “Upon completion of the period for meeting the Millennium Development Goals,  based on the fight against poverty it is clear that there is a need to design a new global development strategy that includes the current and future concerns of humanity such as climate change, sustainable consumption, innovation and the importance of peace and justice for all.”

During his closing remarks, he reiterated the commitment of the government and people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that they have recently adopted.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador To The United States Discusses Investment Opportunities With Governor Of Virginia

Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme, Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea accredited in the United States, recently met with the Honorable Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to discuss the objectives of Equatorial Guinea’s economic diversification, which is part of the Horizon 2020 development plan.

During the meeting, Ambassador Evuna Andeme reiterated the country’s efforts to attract foreign investment and explained the many advantages the country offers. Both parties talked about investment opportunities for businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Equatorial Guinea’s public health, agriculture, ports, education and poultry sectors.

The first secretary of the Equatorial Guinea embassy in Washington, D.C., Roman Ekua Obama, and Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, Todd Haymore, were also present at the meeting.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has made the development of the agricultural sector a major priority, including the revival of its once-thriving cacao sector, which produced some of the world’s highest-quality cacao for many years.

“I appreciate very much Governor McAuliffe’s hospitality and his interest in Equatorial Guinea,” said Ambassador Evuna Andeme. “He was very well informed about our country, and our discussions were quite positive. Equatorial Guinea is modernizing rapidly and has benefited greatly from American investment, and American companies have found that Equatorial Guinea is a good place to do business. Virginia is a dynamic state with excellent companies, and we think Virginians will make good business partners for us.”   

Monday, August 31, 2015

Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President Leads Country’s Army

Obiang Mangue to Exercise Defense Oversight and Policy Guidance

Equatorial Guinea’s Second Vice President and Head of Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, was recently promoted to the rank of colonel of the army of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

As vice president, Obiang Mangue already exercises oversight and policy guidance over the nation’s armed forces. He will continue to lead the ministry of defense, which encompasses the country’s ground, air and naval forces, and the ministry of national security, which encompasses police forces and control of immigration and borders.

During his vice-presidency, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue has called for increased pay and improved living conditions for the military to go hand in hand with greater professionalism and improved capabilities. He has also called for a reduction in the number of immigrant workers in order to provide more employment opportunities for citizens of Equatorial Guinea.

Prior to his vice-presidency, Obiang Mangue served as minister of agriculture and forestry.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

African Nations Need Time To Develop Their Own Democracies, Says Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea enjoys development and democracy, and has become an example of social stability for African countries, said Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, Secretary General of the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), in a recent statement.

Osa Osa made the statement in response to remarks by President Barak Obama at a meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. President Obama had cited the long tenures of some African presidents as hindrances to the development of democracy in Africa.  

Osa Osa recalled that African countries are very young democracies, currently undergoing development, and need their own time to evolve.

“We have only been living in the Western fashion for a short time,” he said, “largely due to the abuses that Western peoples exerted on our continent. Therefore, we cannot ask that now, in only fifty years, we live the same, feel the same and be as organized as they are, for example, in the United States. We ask the President of the United States and the rest of the Western world to understand that each country needs its own time and its evolution.”

Referring to Equatorial Guinea, Osa Osa said, “The permanence or longevity in office of H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has never been because he personally held onto power against popular will, but his election is due to popular vote, and renewed his mandate as a charismatic leader elected by his people.”

He said, “In these 36 years, the people of Equatorial Guinea have gone from being miserable and anonymous Africans, to being able to exercise a sense of pride and dignity that President Obama spoke of in his speech to the African Union.

“We are, therefore, the example that long terms, if properly managed, may offer a period of establishment, peace and stability to a country that is in full development and rising as ours.”

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Hosts International Conference On Africa's Fight Against Ebola

Obiang Announces Three Million Dollar Contribution to Help Countries Affected by Virus

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo yesterday announced that Equatorial Guinea would contribute US$3 million to assist countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa. He made the announcement at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Africa's Fight Against Ebola, aimed at taking action, obtaining help and the necessary resources to fight Ebola.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea offered to organize this conference so that African nations could adopt common measures to deal with the disease. President Obiang said, "African countries should lead the efforts to find solutions to the problems that affect them. We must act together in the absence of an effective treatment of this disease, because only with an agreement of solidarity can we help the affected countries."

Obiang also referred to the solutions taken in Equatorial Guinea to prevent the disease, and reported that the country now has valuable laboratories and specialized staff working in this area. The government of Equatorial Guinea has spent more than US$13 million in recent weeks to fight the Ebola virus, according to the Ministry of Health. The government took a number of preventive measures after it formed a national commission to lead anti-Ebola efforts.

Equatorial Guinea has taken a proactive approach to the Ebola threat as it continues to affect neighboring regions at a reduced level. It has purchased special ambulances, ambulatory hospitals (tents) and thermographic cameras for airports (which will be used to detect whether an arrival has had a fever in the prior 72 hours), trained health personnel assigned to these health units, and purchased drugs for palliative treatment and laser thermometers for all the borders, among other initiatives.

President Obiang also recalled the success that African countries have had in dealing with the problem of hunger in the Horn of Africa.

He called on neighboring countries to support the creation of an African Center for Prevention and Control of Endemic Diseases, an organization that was suggested and approved in previous days by the ministers of health of the continent.

The president of Zimbabwe and acting chairman of the African Union (AU), Robert Mugabe, said, "We must work in reinforcing the measures of surveillance in order to avoid any epidemic situation." He also said there was a need to accelerate the establishment of early-warning and response systems, such as systems to aid in early diagnosis of diseases. Mugabe also urged cancellation of the debts of the affected countries, with the aim of establishing normality in the sectors of education and agriculture, and the reestablishment of international activities, which were all but eliminated by the disease.

"We want to assure that each cent that we have collected is going to count in alleviating the suffering of our brothers and fight the disease," he said. We must concentrate on the lessons learned in the fight against Ebola and any disease, and continue promoting our cooperation to maintain the drive in the fight against it."
He concluded, "We must see this situation in multiple ways and address the reconstruction of a regional emergence to strengthen our health systems. Together, we must unite our efforts to combat this evil. We need to find the conditions for ending this pandemic. For now, prevention is the only cure; we must be alert and accelerate our investment to work on health care."

The representatives of the countries most affected by the Ebola virus, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Republic of Guinea Conakry, briefed the conference on the measures their countries are taking in response to the disease. They explained their social recovery program and their initiatives to reinforce their health systems.

The majority of delegations attending the conference offered economic aid in the fight against Ebola. The representative of the People's Republic of China assured an economic contribution of US$5 million, plus another two million dollars for the Fund of the Fight Against Diseases of the AU. China has helped the affected countries by building portable laboratories in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea that carried out more than five thousand tests to detect the disease.

The representative of the United States announced a donation of US$6 million to work to improve the ability of the affected countries to respond to potential epidemics. The representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said that the bank had already allocated US$60 million to the affected countries and one hundred fifty million dollars for the AU. In addition, it has committed another US$300 million, which will fund an epidemiological surveillance network.

The African Union and the Government of Equatorial Guinea sponsored the International Conference on Africa's Fight Against Ebola, which was held at the Sipopo Conference Center in the capital city of Malabo. African Heads of State and representatives of major international institutions attended the conference on July 21.