Thursday, September 22, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Prioritizes Economic and Social Transformation Through Human Capital Development and Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Equatorial Guinea donates to FAO, WHO, and UNESCO as Horizon 2020 makes great strides.

Equatorial Guinea has prioritized economic and social transformation through human capital development and inclusive and sustainable growth, which aligns with the country’s Horizon 2020 Development Program, said Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, at the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister Mba Mokuy outlined the four priorities of Horizon 2020, including developing modern infrastructure; strengthening human capital and improving the quality of life for every citizen; diversifying the economy with support from the private sector; and good governance.

The program has made significant progress since implementation last year, including major reductions in the risk of maternal and infant mortality; free health service and drugs for youth and the elderly; the development of agriculture and hydrocarbons to create more jobs; the implementation of progressive gender equality policies; and electricity and sanitation for all citizens.

Mba Mokuy also noted that Equatorial Guinea has donated $30 million XAF to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to fight hunger on the African continent, $2 million and $36 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight Ebola and research the Malaria vaccine, respectively, and $3 million to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to combat endemic diseases such as Ebola, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

Mba Mokuy addressed the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York amid a busy series of meetings for Equatorial Guinea, including the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the U.S. Africa Business Forum, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Foreign Affairs Ministerial meeting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Active in 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Equatorial Guinea Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, who is heading his country’s delegation to the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is actively engaged in a busy series of meetings.

Minister Mba Mokuy attended the plenary meeting of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, a meeting convened at the head-of-government level aimed at addressing the problem of large movements of refugees and migrants and strengthening governance of international migration. It served as an opportunity to create a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.

Minister Mba Mokuy also joined African Heads of State at the second U.S. Africa Business Forum, co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Equatorial Guinea is in the midst of an ambitious plan to diversify its economy by expanding in particular the agriculture, fisheries, mining, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and petrochemicals sectors.

Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, attended a climate change conference.

Equatorial Guinea hosts a number of UN programs in its territory, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, and the UN Development Programme, which has conducted a national census with funding from the government.

Equatorial Guinea assumes the presidency of the Committee of Chiefs of Police of Central Africa

Equatorial Guinea assumed the presidency of the Committee of Chiefs of Police of Central Africa (CCPAC) during the 17th meeting of the governing body.

José Ondo Ondo, who assumed the responsibility, highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperation through terrorism prevention strategies and growing international nature of crime.

The Minister of National Security, Nicolás Obama Nchama, stressed the importance of military and police cooperation. This is one of the main goals of the Ministry of Defence and Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as the Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security.

Obama Nchama highlighted the significance of the meeting given the proliferation of crime and terrorism in the region with extremist groups like Boko Haram.

Obama Nchama noted recent actions by the government of Equatorial Guinea to fight crime in the region, such as the creation of a committee of experts from Interpol within Equatorial Guinea, cooperation with criminal police, and public announcements of stolen or destroyed Equatorial Guinean passports.

He also praised the strong police cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.

The Secretary General of Interpol, Jürgen Stock, thanked the CCPAC and praised Africa represents the diversities of rapid and extraordinary progress because of the importance leaders place on strengthening the fight against crime.

Stock also stressed the absolute necessity of maintaining security for the progress of Africa in the fight against extremist groups.

The outgoing president of CCPAC, Martin Mbarga, thanked the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for organizing the meeting, and its aim to assess the progress achieved by Central African nations and security challenges in the region.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Leads Trade Facilitation in Central Africa

Equatorial Guinea led trade facilitation in Central Africa in 2015 through a Government program to improve the investment climate. The new program will position the country as a major player in global trade and drive the economy of the west African nation.

Equatorial Guinea has adopted the single-window system for the registration of companies and corporations to streamline trade inflows into the country and vastly improve the country’s ease of doing business ranking with the World Bank.

On 7 September, Equatorial Guinea’s Prime Minister’s office issued an executive order to reduce the registration process from over 15 procedures to four simple steps:

Notary legalizes company statutes;
Register public deed in the Commercial Registry;
Apply for tax registration; and
Apply for registration with the corresponding Ministry (based on business purpose).

By reducing the number of steps, individuals and foreign companies can establish companies, corporations, partnerships, and branches in Equatorial Guinea easier and more affordable.

The number of days to complete the registration will be reduced from 120 days to 10 days.

Additionally, the costs of registering a business will be cut by almost 45 percent.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has made it easier and more attractive for entrepreneurs to register their businesses, as well as foreign investors, and to comply with laws and regulations by simplifying the process. This Government program will stimulate investment in key sectors to drive economic growth in Equatorial Guinea.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Equatorial Guinea in the Olympics: Remembering the Incredible Performance of Eric Moussambani

Eric Moussambani Malonga, born in Equatorial Guinea in 1978, gained worldwide recognition for his swimming performance at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. 

Eric, who later became known as “Eric the Eel,” competed in the men’s 100 meters freestyle race at the Sydney Olympic Games for Equatorial Guinea, despite never having raced that far before. Eric trained in hotel pool in Equatorial Guinea that was only 20 meters long; when he arrived in Sydney for the Olympics he said he had never seen an Olympic-size pool. Eric was invited to the Olympics as part of a program that allowed athletes from developing countries to participate directly without qualifying.

The winner of the 100-meter freestyle race was the Dutch van der Hoogenband with a time of 47.84 seconds. Eric clocked 1.52.72.

The race will be remembered for Eric’s strength of spirit to represent the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and swim on to complete the race, despite being an amateur on the Olympic stage. The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are currently underway, and Robel Kiros Habte from Ethiopia has gained attention for his swimming as an amateur representing a developing country. Habte even finished the 100 meters in 1.04.95, faster than Eric. But the world will never forget Eric the Eel from Equatorial Guinea and the courage he displayed in 2000.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Equatorial Guinea's Biodiversity Featured in Audubon Magazine

Audubon Magazine recently carried a feature story on the captivating biodiversity found in Equatorial Guinea's Island of Bioko. The article highlighted the island's one of a kind bid species and scientific efforts to catalogue previously unknown species in a recent expedition.

The expedition was led by the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Equatorial Guinea's oldest conservation organisation, which is operated by the National University of Equatorial Guinea and Drexel University in the U.S.

The magazine reported that Equatorial Guinea is the ideal place for biologists due to its mainland jungles that boast rare animals like picathartes, chimpanzees, elephants, and gorillas. "Bioko is even more intriguing. Islands aren't usually flush with primates or forest birds, which are unlikely to cross open waters and colonize new shores. Bioko, however, was part of the mainland until 12,000 years ago, when rising sea levels cut off what had been a peninsula. It's an ark whose residents have evolved completely isolated from their counterparts on the mainland. Today at least two of the island's birds - Fernando Po Batis and Fernando Po Speirops - are found only here and some of its three dozen or so avian subspecies may well be unique species worthy of protection."

In addition to the study of indigenous bird species only found in Equatorial Guinea, the program tracks primates and marine turtles in an effort to catalogue the country's rich biodiversity.

Equatorial Guinea is a member of the Commission for the Conservation of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (COMIFAC). As part of the government's efforts to preserve the country's ecosystems and biodiversity, Equatorial Guinea participates in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEO) and is a signatory of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

Monday, August 8, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Vice President Leads Country Delegation to Olympics Rio 2016


Equatorial Guinea’s Second Vice President in charge of National Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, recently led the country’s athletes to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.