Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea Focuses on Horizon 2020 Development Plan

President Obiang and First Lady Receive International Awards for Economic Diversification and Female Empowerment

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea focused its attention on the economic future of the country and its citizens and the steps taken toward achieving the goals lined on the Horizon 2020 program at the closing of the third National Congress of the party held in Bata this past week .

In recognition of the great strides Equatorial Guinea has made over the years, President Obiang and the First Lady received awards from the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices. The President received the Award for Political Excellence and High Level Leadership in Africa and the First Lady received the Award for Social Action and Female Leadership in Africa. Their work in in the African Union, most notably for calling for economic diversification and in the fight for women’s’ rights, was highlighted.

The closing discussions of the National Congress focused on the sustainable development of Equatorial Guinea with Government’s adherence to the Horizon 2020 plan.

The evolution of industry in Equatorial Guinea away from dependence on oil with increased focus on small and medium-sized enterprises was stressed for the health and future of the nation.

In recent years, the Government has directed efforts toward diversifying economic sectors such as agriculture, tourism, fishing and financial services. Government highlighted increased focus on the growth of private industry, development of new technologies and support for women and children.

The Government’s report on the Millennium Development Goals highlighted a reduction of the population living in poverty by over 50 per cent, the result of projects like improved housing, transportation and health services. Continued work for those most at risk included youth education, social protections and general well-being.

Significantly increased investment in infrastructure has made the country a leader in transportation within Africa.

In closing the weeks’ activities, the President emphasised the importance of adhering to universal democratic principles and recognized each and every Equatorial Guinean for the country’s success over the last three decades.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

President Obiang Focuses On The Future Of Equatorial Guinea

Calls for organizational structure to be put in place for the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea’s survival when he is no longer leading the country

Equatorial Guinean President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo spoke at the third National Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) in Bata this week about the end of his presidency, the direction the party should take moving forward and the success of its leadership so far.

Obiang said he recognized that his time in office is not absolute and that, when the day comes when he can no longer serve the people of Equatorial Guinea, the nationi must be are ready with an appropriate structure so that the ideals and PDGE does not disintegrate.

The party decided at the last Congress that Obiang would be its candidate in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Obiang also used the address to focus on the great strides the country has made since the last Congress and under the leadership of the PDGE. Acknowledging the country’s turbulent history, Obiang praised the PDGE for its commitment to freedom – of the press, of movement within the country, the national political dialogue, of women.

Obiang also highlighted some of the major accomplishments in the last few years under the leadership of the PDGE in infrastructure; investment in education, with the construction of two universities for the first time in the country’s history; housing renovations; the construction of social housing; and new water and light systems.

“One cannot make policy without developing the economy, which guarantees the peace and stability of a nation,” said Obiang.

Obiang finished his address by emphasizing that a healthy PDGE is critical to ensuring the future of Equatorial Guinea.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Democratic Party Of Equatorial Guinea Discusses The Country's Current Democratic State and Outlines Goals For The Future

Congress Meets in Bata This Week

The third National Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) convened in Bata this week to review the political, economic and socio-cultural progress of the country. 

The week’s activities included updates from all ministries, including progress by the Executive and a series of in-depth discussions on the on-going work of Horizon 2020, the nation’s ten-year development plan. They also reviewed development on the greater African continent and held an open dialogue on the democratic process in the country.

The discussions stimulated spirited debate over the most pressing issues facing the country, namely judicial integrity, delinquency and employment. Citing the behavior of a select few corrupt judges, the members called for the reinforcement of judicial integrity based on the fundamental principle of honesty. 

To combat the threat of youth delinquency, the group proposed increased involvement by parents and teachers and the establishment of more green zones, where children can play and participate in sports tournaments. The party also looked at ways to combat the already low level of unemployment in the country, including the establishment of a human resources office and a restructuring of the standard workweek.

The Congress was an inclusive affair that featured speakers from all democratic parties in Equatorial Guinea such as the Popular Union (UP), the Liberal Democrat Convention (CLD), the Social Democrat Party (PSD), the Progressive Democratic Alliance (ADP), the Democratic Social Union (UDS), the Democratic and Popular Social Convergence (CSDP); the Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea (PSGE) and the Liberal Party (PL). The speakers were received enthusiastically, and their inclusion was praised as a sign of a healthy democracy.

The Congress, which adjourns at the end of the week, marks another important milestone in the democratic history of Equatorial Guinea.

Friday, October 16, 2015

UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize Awarded To Two Professors and One Doctor For Work In Life Sciences, Heart Disease and Disease Control

Award ceremony will bring scientists together to address the most pressing health issues affecting Africa.

The 2015 International UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize for Research in Life Sciences has been awarded to two professors and one doctor in recognition of their efforts to improve the quality of human life.

The Prize recipients are Professor Manoel Barral-Netto, from Brazil, the Chief of Investigation and Director of the Goncalo Moniz Research Centre in Bahia, who has dedicated the majority of his career studying leishmaniasis and malaria as well as the development of control tools for transmittable diseases in neglected, low-income communities; Professor Balram Bhargava, from India, a specialist in cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Science whose work focuses on biomedical innovation, public health and medical education. His work has contributed to the development of innovative, efficient and affordable tools for managing cardiovascular diseases; and the Doctor Amadou Alpha Sall, from Senegal, who is the Chief of the Centre for Collaboration by the World Health Organization for Antivirus, Virus, and Haemorrhaging Fevers in Dakar. Sall has focused primarily on fighting the viral diseases of Ebola and Dengue fever and has been at the forefront of the development and distribution of diagnostic control tools against these diseases.

The UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize will be awarded to the three winners at a ceremony in Paris, France on November 14.

The Prize was created by an initiative from President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and recognises the work and effort by research organizations and scientists in the development realm on real-world problems. This is the third year the prize has been awarded.

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.