Monday, May 14, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Participates in FAO's Regional Conference for Africa 2012

Equatorial Guinea Participates in FAO's Regional Conference for Africa 2012

The Republic of Congo recently hosted the Regional Conference for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations April 23-27, 2012. The conference was attended by the ministers of more than 35 different African countries, including Equatorial Guinea.

The conference was a unique opportunity to reflect on the state of agriculture in Africa, the challenges it faces, and the eradication of hunger in the region. Additional observers included regional and international agriculture officials.

The Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Equatorial Guinea, Sergio Osa Mongomo, was present, along with the Representative of the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea at the FAO, Crisantos Obama Ondo. While at the meeting, the delegation of Equatorial Guinea stressed the importance of combined efforts between the FAO and Equatorial Guinea.

Graziano da Silva, the newly appointed Director-General of the FAO, said that African oil-producing nations have a great opportunity to promote the continent's social and economic development and lift it out of its continuing food insecurity situation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, although not present at the conference, recently made statements regarding the issue, "Equatorial Guinea is committed to improving food security for its people and for the region. We are currently implementing government programs that will both ensure the increasing development of intra-African trade and help local communities prosper."

Equatorial Guinea is currently working to reform its legal and regulatory fabric to attract private investment that will spur the development of the agriculture sector.