Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Equatorial Guinea to Build New Oil Storage Terminal

Facility Will Improve National Oil Distribution

Equatorial Guinea recently partnered with Dutch storage-facilities giant Royal Vopak to develop a crude oil storage terminal that will optimize distribution on the island of Bioko, home of the nation’s capital.

Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent provider of conditioned storage facilities for bulk liquids, operating in 31 countries worldwide and providing storage and transshipment services at 80 terminals worldwide.

The continuous investment in the oil sector plays a significant role in the government’s efforts to drive the country closer to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

“This partnership will increase the importance of Equatorial Guinea as a strategic economic and energy distribution hub in Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea,” said Delegate Minister for the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima. He continued to say “the investment and continuous development of the oil sector is a top priority of the Government.”

The partnership will allow the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy to distribute crude oil from Equatorial Guinea to other countries and vice versa. This project will improve the storage, processing and distribution of oil in the country, starting with the island of Bioko.

Earlier this month, Equatorial Guinea partnered with Energy Allied International to develop the petrochemical sector in the country.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Supports Education Efforts Throughout The African Continent

As part of Equatorial Guinea’s (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) efforts to boost education in the country and support the African continent, the Vice Minister of Public Works and Infrastructures, Alejandro Micha Nsue, recently announced the West African nation will host the board of directors meeting for the African School of Architecture and Urban Planning in November.

“We will host the African School of Architecture and Urban Planning board of directors meeting to show support for the African organization and our fellow Africans,” said Vice Minister Micha.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has invested heavily in basic, secondary, and higher education in recent years. Two university campuses, modern hospitals, and a robust program of international exchanges have been particularly important in preparing professionals to take on the nation’s challenges.

Equatorial Guinea joined the African School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2003 as a member state to provide better education resources in this field to its citizens. The board of directors meeting agenda will review the 2012 budget, academic affairs study and analysis of the contribution of member countries. President Obiang has frequently pointed out the need for African nations to take greater responsibility for their own destinies.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recently inaugurated a new school in Mongomo, which was fully funded by the government with a contribution of 150 million CFA francs.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Makes Progress In The Oil Sector

Equatorial Guinea recently partnered with Energy Allied International, from Houston, Texas, to develop the petrochemical sector in the country. The development of the country’s local sector will play a significant role in meeting the petrochemical and industrial needs of Equatorial Guinea and the entire West African region. The new partnership will also bring more jobs and will drive the country closer to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

“The fast-tracked development of Equatorial Guinea’s petrochemical sector is a top priority of the Government and is of great national importance for the efficient utilization and value added to the State’s natural resources and most importantly for the creation of large scale jobs opportunities,” said Delegate Minister for the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.

The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy will work with Energy Allied to assemble the financial, technological, operational and managerial resources needed to design, engineer and implement sustainable projects for the petrochemical sector. Energy Allied will identify and recommend the selection of strategic investors and partners for the petrochemical sector projects.

Mike Nassar, Chairman and CEO of Energy Allied International praised the Ministry’s strong leadership and the country’s potential to become a leader in the petrochemical sector. He stated that “Energy Allied is honored to partner with the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy to develop the country’s petrochemical sector for the long-term benefit of the citizens of Equatorial Guinea.”

Earlier this month, President Obiang unveiled plans for nationwide electrification at a National Electrification conference. He predicted that with wise use of the country’s natural resources, Equatorial Guinea would enjoy full electrification and energy self-sufficiency.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Shows Solidarity Toward Somalia Famine Victims

Equatorial Guinean President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo organized a charity dinner, at the Hotel 3 de Agosto, to help raise funds toward Somalia famine victims. President Obiang continued to call for united international community help and encouraged his fellow citizens to contribute to the relief effort.


“This is the first time Africa is showing solidarity toward an African cause,” said AU chairman and president of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the AU international conference held yesterday in Addis Ababa.


President Obiang called on individuals in the private and public sectors of his country to contribute to this cause. The government has established a system for citizens to make contributions at local banks. The government has already contributed two million Euros to help the severe famine affecting the lives of over eleven million people in Somalia. This is another effort from the government to show Equatorial Guinea’s policy of promoting unity and solidarity.


Equatorial Guinea’s effort toward a unified and prosperous nation is one of the development goals established by President Obiang in his ambitious Horizon 2020 program.

The First Deputy Prime Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs, Minister of the National Security, Minister Secretary-General of the Presidency, Minister of Labor and Social Security, Vice minister of Information, Tourism and culture, NGOs and public institutions were among the attendees.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Welcomes Foreign Investment In Agricultural Sector

Equatorial Guinea's Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Sergio Osa Mongomo, recently met with economic consultant of Triarius Foundation, G. J. Wales, to discuss cooperation with the agricultural sector in the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, led by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, has been working with the private sector to establish cooperatives to help farmers develop agriculture by providing technical assistance from the government and other countries. Triarious Foundation, located in Malta, aims to increase awareness of societal, cultural and political norms and practices in the West of African and Islamic States. The Foundation is interested in investing in the agriculture sector in Equatorial Guinea because of the country's tropical climate and fertile soil, which can support high-yield agriculture. The country produces a diversity of crops today, including coffee and cacao and other products such as lumber and coconut oil. The country also has extensive coastal fisheries and untapped mineral resources.

Equatorial Guinea has been investing substantially in agriculture projects, including production and preservation of domestic products, throughout the country.

“The production, preservation and processing of domestic products in the country is one of the government’s priorities, not only to supply the markets, but also to enhance the rural labor force and establish rural trade,” said Vice Minister Osa Mongomo. He continued, “The government is implementing numerous projects such as building roads, providing drinking water and electricity to the population.”

The Ministry has also launched a project to replace traditional housing by installing zinc roofs on more than 30,000 houses, in order to upgrade homes in rural areas throughout the national territory.

The new infrastructure projects are part of Equatorial Guinea’s multiyear program to enhance the infrastructure of the country. The government’s Horizon 2020 development plan, put in motion by President Obeying, has made agriculture a central goal, which will drive the country to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

President Obiang Stumps for Constitutional Reforms

Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been traveling the country speaking to citizens about proposed constitutional reforms. The national parliament approved the reforms in July. By the nation’s constitution, they must now be approved in a national popular referendum, which is scheduled for the end of the year.


President Obiang has characterized the reform proposals as an effort by the government to systematically and progressively pursue greater democracy and pluralism as the nation develops.

“The main purpose of the constitutional reforms is to create broader opportunities for citizens to participate in the management of the country. The reforms will benefit the entire population,” he said.

The proposed constitutional reforms include the creation of a Senate, which would convert the nation’s parliament from a unicameral to a bicameral legislature. They would also limit the president to two five-year terms of office. Currently, the president serves a seven-year term with no limit to the number of terms he can serve. President Obiang proposed the presidential term limits in a meeting last March with representatives of the country’s legally constituted political parties.


Other institutions to be created by constitutional reform are a National Court of Accounts to supervise and audit the activities of the government, a Council of the Republic and an Economic and Social Council.

While visiting the districts of Bata Cogo, Mbini, Niefang, Evinayon and Akurinam during the presidential national tour, President Obiang inaugurated several infrastructure projects to better serve the nation. The constitutional reforms are part of Equatorial Guinea’s efforts to drive the country to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Excels In Infrastructure Development

Infrastructure Projects Reach the Districts of Evinayong and Acurenam

Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo continues to invest substantially in infrastructure projects, including highways, electricity networks and schools, throughout the country. While on a national tour to inform citizens about the new Constitutional Reform Act Draft, President Obiang inaugurated several projects to better serve the nation.

“The new infrastructure projects are proof of the government’s effort toward improving infrastructure in our nation,” said President Obiang. He also noted that Equatorial Guinea has implemented constitutional reforms, which establish a Senate, Council of the Republic, Economic and Social Council, and a Court of Auditors.

The city of Evinayong now has drinking water, sanitation supplies, and new highways. The power grid of Djibloho was updated, as was the extension of the electricity grid of Bicurga.

In Acurenam, President Obiang laid the foundation for the construction of the road that extends from the village council of Ngolosok to Midjobo Amvomto in the district of Cogo. In addition, six schools were constructed in the towns of Mbam Efak, Akanabot Efak, Shoa, Oveng Concentrado, Acurenam Campo and Oveng Jerusale. The government is also responsible for the modernization, extension and adaptation of the city’s electricity networks to the Djibloho system. The road that goes from the city of Evinayong to Acurenam is also under construction.

The new infrastructure projects are part of Equatorial Guinea’s multiyear program to enhance the infrastructure of the country. The government’s Horizon 2020 development plan, put in motion by President Obiang, has made infrastructure development a central goal, which will drive the country to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Equatorial Guinea to Host Confederation Of National Non-Governmental Organizations In Africa Headquarters

Country’s Effort toward Supporting the African Continent

The government of Equatorial Guinea has signed an agreement to host the headquarters of the Confederation of National Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa as part of its growing leadership role on the African continent. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also officially offered to host the headquarters of the African Union voluntary Youth Corps in a speech at the recent African Union Summit held in Malabo June 23 – July 1, 2011.

“The opening of the new headquarters of the Confederation of National Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa shows Equatorial Guinea’s support and solidarity toward our African neighbors and our nation’s commitment to President Obiang Nguema Mbasosgo’s call for African governments to take greater responsibility for the future of Africa,” said Minister of Missions Alejandro Evuna Owono Asangono.

The government of Equatorial Guinea has invested substantially in infrastructure, including airports, highways, and conference facilities, and Equatorial Guinea now offers significant advantages to organizations that locate their headquarters in the country.

The confederation will hold an international forum of civic organizations on climate change in the new world order in March 2012, its first official activity in Equatorial Guinea.

Lucien Tape Mambo, representing the Confederation of National Non-Governmental Organizations in Africa, at a signing ceremony in Malabo August 18, shared the goals and objectives of the agency, which are to limit the effects of climate change and to educate civil society and governments on the importance of this issue and the clearing of forests in Africa.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Opens Fish Trading Center

Country’s Effort toward Ensuring Food Security

Equatorial Guinea opened its first fish trading center in the nation’s continental region as part of an effort to ensure food security for the country’s population and to increase trade with neighboring countries.

“Opening the first fish trading center, in Bata, ensures food security to our citizens and moves us one step closer to achieving our development goals under the Horizon 2020 plan,” said Anastasio Asumu, Minister of Fisheries and Environment.

The fish-trading center, built by General Work, has modern facilities. The production and fish-conservation rooms, consisting of some 100 m² with capacity for 20 tons of stock, are the center’s main spaces. The center also contains administrative offices of 250 m², consisting of five offices and a meeting room.

The fish-trading center also has ice-making equipment producing three tons of ice daily, two refrigerated trucks with five tons of capacity, two generators, and a series of artisanal fishing materials.

The new fish-trading center, which is funded by the government, is the latest completed project in the country’s efforts to ensure food security for the population, which is one of the development goals established by President Obiang in his ambitious Horizon 2020 program. President Obiang, has made food security a central goal to drive the country to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Is Ready To Host 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Infrastructure Projects Are 97% Complete

Equatorial Guinea has completed 97% of the infrastructure projects needed to host 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which will open in Malabo on January 21. In an interview with BBC, Minister of Youth and Sports Ruslan Nsue Obiang, who is also chairman of the organizing committee, pointed to the country’s success in delivering infrastructure projects for the recent African Union Summit, and said that Equatorial Guinea continues its efforts to upgrade and enhance infrastructure in the country as it gets ready to co-host the 2012 African Cup of Nations (CAN) with neighboring Gabon.


Minister Obiang pointed out that Equatorial Guinea is experienced in holding events of this magnitude. “With the African Union Summit that was held last month, you could see the hotel capacity we have in Malabo.” He continued to say Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have always enjoyed good bilateral relations and the two parties have been working well together to host the CAN 2012.


Equatorial Guinea’s soccer coach, Henri Michel, has been leading the team throughout this yea’s competitions and will continue to train the team for the upcoming CAN 2012.

The new infrastructure projects put in place for CAN 2012 are part of Equatorial Guinea’s multi-year program to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure of the country. The government’s Horizon 2020 development plan, put in motion by President Obiang, has made infrastructure development a central goal to drive the country to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Donates 2 Million Euros To Somalia Famine Victims

Obiang Calls for United International Community Help

Equatorial Guinean President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo donated two million Euros to aid victims of the famine in Somalia. President Obiang also encouraged his fellow citizens to contribute to the relief effort, and the government has established a system for citizens to make contributions at local banks.

“This aid is a humanitarian donation to help the severe famine affecting the lives of over eleven million people in Somalia,” President Obiang said on Wednesday. He called on individuals in the private and public sectors of his country to “help the brothers, sisters, mothers and children of Somalia.”

National media reported that citizens’ donations collected in Equatorial Guinea will be deposited in banks in the capital city of Malabo. The African Union members, led by Chairman Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, will meet at an international conference to be held in Addis Ababa on August 25th to review progress on aid to Somalia.

While addressing the African Union delegations at the African Union Summit, held in Malabo last month, President Obiang stressed the need for unity and solidarity among African nations. He told member countries that even though they are “often exposed to pressures created by external nations,” they must work together to strengthen the resolve and influence of the union.

Following Equatorial Guinea’s policy of promoting unity and solidarity, the country donated $500,000 to Japan after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Equatorial Guinea’s effort toward a unified and prosperous nation is one of the development goals established by President Obiang in his ambitious Horizon 2020 program.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obiang Reveals Plans For Nationwide Electrification

National Energy Conference Highlights Progress Toward Horizon 2020 Goals

Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo unveiled plans for nationwide electrification at a National Electrification conference held in this mainland city. In his address to the conference, President Obiang predicted that with wise use of the country’s natural resources, Equatorial Guinea would enjoy full electrification and energy self-sufficiency.

President Obiang cited the conference as an example of the importance of transparency in the country’s development and of keeping the citizenry informed of development projects because they are “the true beneficiary of all these projects.” He encouraged officials at the conference to seek, above all “solutions to satisfy the population,” but he also stressed the need for energy conservation and encouraged his fellow citizens to be responsible consumers of energy. “It is important that citizens take responsibility for the country to be transformed as we all desire,” he said. “We need to sensitize the population to assume their obligations, because if we want development, we must match the means to do so.”

The conference, titled “Light for All,” was organized by the Ministry of Mining, Industry and Energy to provide information about the electrification projects that are being carried out throughout the country. Nationwide electrification is one of the development goals established by President Obiang in his ambitious Horizon 2020 program.

“The Government, just in the last five years, has invested [substantially] in the construction of infrastructures and provisions of basic equipment” within the electrification plan,” said Delegate Minister for Mining Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima. “Today, we have a production infrastructure composed of the Djibloho plant, the expanded Turbo Gas plant, backup batteries on the island and the mainland, the remodeled plant of San Joaquin, and the mini-plants of Riaba-Musola, among others. An important fact to note is that we have opted for generating clean, renewable energy.”



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Opens New School In Mongomo as Part Of The Horizon 2020 Goals

As part of Equatorial Guinea’s (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) efforts to boost education in the country, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recently inaugurated a new school ‘María Mbasogo Ngu’i in Mongomo. The government fully funded the school with 150 million CFA francs.

“The goal of the country is to promote children as their most important asset,” said the director of the new center. The new school will admit 240 students from kindergarten to secondary school and will accommodate 54 of them, as there are available bedrooms for those students who need to remain in school because of the remoteness of their homes. The new school also counts with eight classrooms, industrial kitchen, offices, study room, theater, and other areas.

The construction of the new school comes from the initiative of the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, who is also Chairwoman of the Child Support Committee of Equatorial Guinea (CANIGE). The new school inauguration, attended by Minister of Education, Joaquin Mbana Nchama, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mangue, and the Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, and Lucas Nguema Esono, is part of Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 goals.

Education is one of the priorities outlined in Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development plan, which was set in motion by President Obiang to move the country toward a sustainable and emergent economy. The plan includes the development of new schools and teacher training.

Since beginning the large-scale export of oil from Equatorial Guinea, and in cooperation with international organizations, the country opened its first national university, the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), and has graduated more than 13,000 students since its founding in 1995. The level of education in Equatorial Guinea is improving, and the country enjoys an enrollment rate of nearly 5,000 students at the college level.