Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Equatorial Guinea President Promises Accountability and Transparency

Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo promised accountability and transparency in an historic speech at the 2010 Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. President Obiang also expressed his intention to use oil resources in compliance with the rules of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

"We will continue trying to qualify as a candidate for compliance with the rules of the EITI, while unilaterally establishing policies to exceed EITI auditing standards and do more than is necessary to ensure that transparency and accountability are as mandatory for the Government as they are for civil society," President Obiang said in a speech to world leaders, CEOs and media. "We believe this is a shared responsibility for everyone."

President Obiang vowed to continue building upon reforms established in 2008 and to move the country forward in full compliance with international standards.

"We have voluntarily decided to do so, not for international merit, but by our conviction that it is a discipline that will ensure full compliance with the recommendations of the II National Economic Conference," President Obiang said.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant progress in the areas of transparency, accountability, social services, health and education and is committed to continue these reforms.

"We have made a commitment to the People of Equatorial Guinea and we solemnly announce this commitment to the world today."