Thursday, September 12, 2013

Equatorial Guinea Hosts Third Forum of Kings, Sultans, Sheikhs, Princes and Traditional Leaders

Prime Minister Calls for African Solidarity to Build their Political and Economic Independence

Equatorial Guinea hosted the third Forum of Kings, Sultans, Sheikhs, Princes and Traditional Leaders, from September 7 to 11, at the Sipopo Conference Center in the capital city of Malabo. The forum focused on protection of human rights, good governance, peacekeeping, agricultural development and support for African women.

During the closing ceremony, Equatorial Guinea’s Prime Minister for Administrative Coordination, Vicente Ehate Tomi, stressed the need for African governments to support the African Royal Fund. He also called for African solidarity toward building their political and economic independence.

The Malabo Declaration, which was read at the closing ceremony, supported the forum’s theme, “Traditional Cultural Values in Contemporary African Society.” The forum also dealt with the maintenance of institutions and cultural heritage, and the search for unity as a guarantee for a genuine union of the people.

Permanent Secretary-General of the Forum's Council, Jean Gervais Tchiffi Zie, granted the certificate of the South African Scientific Research Institute to President Obiang for his support of scientific and cultural research. President Obiang, who has made strong efforts to promote African unity and cooperation, made a donation to the Kings Fund and offered the city of Malabo to host the headquarters of Traditional Kings.

Equatorial Guinea’s development is based on the Horizon 2020 plan. The West African country is investing its oil resources to establish a diverse and independent economy and political system, and to prepare the country for the day when oil production declines.