Friday, February 24, 2012

Welcome to the Island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea

Welcome to Bioko, the main island of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. On Bioko Norte you'll find Malabo, Equatorial Guinea's capitol city where development is fast-paced and construction is a staple of daily life. Bioko Norte has a number of hotels and restaurants for visitors to choose from. Enjoy breath taking views of the Port of Malabo from the Sofitel Presidencial and dine out with five-star at La Luna, also overlooking the port.

North of Malabo in Sipopo you'll find the new Sofitel Sipopo where guests can enjoy gourmet meals, water sports, and island safaris accessible via a new bridge build by the Obiang administration.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Minister Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue Sponsors Equatorial Guinea Student Scholarships

Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, recently sponsored student scholarships in agriculture and natural resources management degrees in the Dominican Republic. This was done by Minister Nguema in his role as President of the Youth Federation of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea.

"The main goal of going to the Dominican Republic is to obtain higher education. Take advantage of this opportunity and bring back skills to help improve agriculture and natural resources management in the country,” said Minister Nguema.

In a recent meeting, Equatoguinean students expressed their willingness to take advantage of the scholarships and the chance to use their education and skills to fully engage in the development of Equatorial Guinea.

It is Minister Nguema’s goal to build the capacity of the native Equatorial Guinea population in agriculture and related fields. This will provide the nation with the opportunity for less reliance on outside foreign contractors.

During the next five years, 254 Equatoguinean students will travel to the Dominican Republic as a result of the scholarships sponsored by Minister Nguema.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Reuters: 18 Stunning Photos of Equatorial Guinea

Award-winning photojournalists highlight Bioko and Rio Muni in Equatorial Guinea

Today’s Reuters Travelogue features a stunning photo slideshow by award-winning photojournalists Luc Gnago and Amr Abdallah Dalsh.

Gnago and Abdallah Dalsh recently joined hundreds of other reporters and photojournalists to Equatorial Guinea to cover the African Cup of Nations, which was co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Matches in Equatorial Guinea were played in Bata and in the Ecuatoguinean capitol city of Malabo on Bioko Norte.

Equatorial Guinea’s national football team – known locally as the Nzalang, which means “lighting” in Fang – won the tournament opener against Libya 1-0 and beat Senegal 2-1 before falling 3-1 Ivory Coast in this year’s Africa Cup quarterfinals. Ivory Coast will face Zambia in the tournament championship.

This year is Equatorial Guinea’s 1st-ever Africa Cup appearance, and the Nzalang has been widely heralded in the international press for having shocked the world by making it to the quarterfinals.

Today’s travelogue by Gnago and Abdallah Dalsh is a tasteful mix of football photography and images ordinary people and places in Equatorial Guinea. From the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations, to school children, to vendors outside the cathedral (Catedral de Malabo), the photographers turn their focus beyond sport and showcase for the world a more-comprehensive look at daily life in Equatorial Guinea.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

President Obiang promotes national security through the construction of a new vessel

Equatorial Guinea launches a new offshore patrol boat

Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo launched a new offshore patrol boat named Bata. The vessel Bata is 107.3 meters long, 17 wide and 8.25 meters high to the upper deck. Construction was completed in 2011 and included the implementation of new technologies for safe navigation in automatic mode.

According to Commander Jose Jonatas Nguema, “the new vessel will provide security and safeguard the interests of Equatorial Guinea through the detection, classification and fight against any land, air sea and underwater enemy target.”

Vicente Eya Olomo, Deputy Minister of the National Defense, thanked President Obiang at the launch ceremony for his efforts in protecting national security through the development of Bata. It will help address issues such as immigration and smuggling and will protect other countries in the region.

Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Agriculture Promotes Cocoa Sale in Support of Local Farmers

As part of Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry efforts to support local farmers and increase national production, Minister Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue has launched a cocoa sale in support of farmers throughout the country.

The National Institute of Agricultural Promotion of Equatorial Guinea (INPAGE), under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has made available 330 tons of cocoa at a discounted price, as an effort to encourage local farmers to increase the cocoa production.

“The cocoa subsidy is an effort to encourage cocoa buyers around the world to purchase Equatorial Guinea cocoa,” said Minister Nguema. “The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has already implemented several projects, among them the MAECI, whose objective is for the government to produce a wide variety of agricultural products to supply domestic and international markets, and rely more on national products.”

Minister Nguema wants to offer buyers a good quality product at a price they can afford, as well as provide farmers economic benefits in an effort to encourage farmers to increase the productivity of cocoa.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Uganda President Lauds Equatorial Guinea's Progress

Equatorial Guinea under the leadership of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has experienced significant progress due to the proper utilization of oil revenues, including the investment in human resource and electricity development, according to Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni. President Museveni made the remarks during a recent visit by President Obiang to Uganda.

“President Obiang has shown exemplary leadership for providing free primary, secondary and university education using oil resources,” said President Museveni. “Investing in infrastructure is important and once dealt with, the rest will be simple.”

President Museveni noted that Equatorial Guinea was on the right path by dealing with key areas, including electricity and human resource development, which will attract industries to their country.

During his official visit, President Obiang and President Museveni highlighted the two nations’ commitment to share experiences in various fields, including oil exploration and resource management. Equatorial Guinea already has an oil training center similar to the one Uganda recently established.

Equatorial Guinea and Uganda agree to increase bilateral cooperation

Progress on technical cooperation, economic integration, trade and defense

Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni have agreed to strengthen their commitment to work together and to explore further cooperation initiatives to better serve both countries’ needs.

The countries agreed to accelerate East African Community integration and to focus cooperation on areas such as information communication technology (ICT), cross-border trade, defense and security, education and research, agriculture and food security, and international cooperation.

The presidents agreed to eliminate non-tariff barriers, to facilitate cross border trade and work jointly to eliminate non-tariff barriers in coastal countries, and to cooperation in developing small- and medium-sized enterprises and cooperatives.

“In an effort to further Equatorial Guinea’s involvement in and cooperation with other African countries, we find it beneficial to share our experience in fields such as oil exploration and resource management,” said President Obiang. “In my experience, as African Union chairman, I have encouraged African leaders to embrace solidarity and unity to contribute to the betterment of our continent, and Uganda is another example of this effort.”

President Obiang pointed out that Equatorial Guinea’s oil training center expertise would benefit Uganda’s recently opened facility. He also recommended the establishment of a national body that will oversee petroleum exploration and resource management.

“Sharing industrialization experiences have already started on an East African Energy Master Plan, where countries in the region will work jointly to identify sources of electricity,” said President Obiang.

Equatorial Guinea and UN discuss new development plan

Representatives from the Government and Agencies of the United Nations convene to work on the Development Assistance Framework for 2013-2017

Equatorial Guinea’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Victoriana Nchama Nsue Okomo, and Leo Heileman, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Equatorial Guinea, hosted a meeting on the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2013-2017 in the city of Ebebiyin.

The meeting was held to provide delegates the opportunity to analyze and validate the final stages of the programme, which aims to provide Equatorial Guinea assistance with its current development projects and achieve the objectives of the 2020 Millennium Development Goals.

Delegates began working on the plan’s framework and main objectives last year when they met in Bata to discuss the achievements that resulted from the 2008-2012 programme. They concluded that Equatorial Guinea had made significant progress, especially economically through the increased production of oil, and that there was room for additional advancement.

Through the UNDAF for 2013-2017, the two delegations are working to take advantage of Equatorial Guinea’s opportunity to promote growth through new development projects. According to Leo Heileman, the plan will promote efforts to strengthen democracy, good governance and sustainable management of the environment within the country.