Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea Presents Complaint to the International Court of Justice Against the Republic of France


The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) expressed full and unconditional support for the Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, regarding the process lawsuit submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague against the Republic of France.

The PDGE welcomed the opportunity to defend the Republic before the ICJ, an institution that treats matters with due process and the necessary objectivity and impartiality.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea submitted the process lawsuit to the ICJ against France for the controversy created by the National Financial Prosecuting Authority of France (PNF) against the Mr. Nguema Obiang. Equatorial Guinea stated that the procedure by the PNF constitutes an attack against the immunity of Mr. Nguema Obiang, who has the right under international law to which French courts have refused.

In detail, the PDGE expressed the support the Second Vice President of the Republic, Head of Defense and State Security, and National President of the Federation of Youth, against international instigations.

The PDGE highlighted the improbable situation in which a court in Equatorial Guinea or any nation in Africa could indict a French Vice President. That a court outside Equatorial Guinea could judge a high-level representative of the Republic is interfering with the sovereign nature of the Republic.

The PDGE also expressed support for the legal representatives of Equatorial Guinea in defending the interests of the Republic before the ICJ.

The PDGE expressed gratitude to the UCJ for admitting the process and hopes that such an important issue between two countries will be treated with neutral objectivity and impartiality necessary to respect the sovereignty of two nations in litigation.

The issue of sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of another nation is one of the basic pillars of independence and freedom, which Equatorial Guinea fully supports.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Runs for African Union Presidency


Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, aims to develop programs to provide more employment opportunities for young people throughout Africa and reduce emigration as part of his platform as he runs for the Presidency of the African Union Commission.

Minister Mba Mokuy has placed special emphasis on policies directed toward young people. In a recent interview he said, “Youth is one of the priorities of the Equatorial Guinea candidacy. Why do young people emigrate? I believe that the African Union Commission should support the Heads of State with the adoption of programs that allow the creation of more employment on the African continent. We have this capacity; we have to strengthen it. Many of our young people leave because they cannot find jobs. For that reason, priority must be given to youth directly or indirectly, to deal with these issues, and the question of youth and the question of employment".
 
He stressed the idea of intellectually empowering young people, as many other countries do in order to best use their resources. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also raised two basic issues confronting the African continent. One is that the need to eradicate the "culture of wa.," He said,  "Africa should not forget its idiosyncrasies, that it is a culture of dialogue and traditional values." In addition, he called on the African Union to finance itself through wholly African money. Currently, it has 80% foreign capital.”

Botswana and Uganda are also being considered for the Presidency of the African Union.
Minister Mba Mokuy concluded the interview by highlighting the importance of remaining united for a single cause, Pan-Africanism: "In order for this dream to become a reality, the African countries have to take steps to ensure there is order, stability and security. President Obiang Nguema Masobo said that we need to call on Africa to show seriousness, dignity, respect and solidarity".

Monday, June 20, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Participates in the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries Forum


Equatorial Guinea recently participated in the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CE-CPLP) Forum held in Portugal.

The CE-CPLP forum aimed to re-launch the business cooperation between community member countries as well as guaranteeing the implementation of the Institute of Certification for the Import and Export of Equatorial Guinea Products, the first of this nature in Africa.
In addition, the president of the chamber was awarded the Business Prestige Prize, the first granted to an African country member.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Ranks 62nd on Global Peace Index

Equatorial Guinea was ranked 62 out of 163 countries on the Global Peace Index. Other countries close in ranking include Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and Ecuador.

At 62nd, Equatorial Guinea was ranked far ahead of many larger, developed nations, including Brazil (105), China (120), Mexico (140), India (141), and the United States (103).

Equatorial Guinea was measured based on external and internal conflicts, relations with neighboring countries, and political stability, among many other factors.

The Index measures the state of peace using qualitative and quantitative date and is released annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

The IEP is an international think tank focused on the relationship between economics, business, and peace.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Obiang Sworn in as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

At the Palace of Congresses and Conferences in Sipopo, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo S. E. was sworn in as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea after winning the country’s recent election.

 
In his speech, the President highlighted the political maturity shown by the people of Equatorial Guinea in recent years. “Since the beginning of our democratic experiment, the people have shown incredible support in electoral constituencies within and outside the country the political option presented by the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, because they understand that the continuity of peace, political stability, economic and social development our country has experienced should not be interrupted.”

The President also thanked the people for the trust they placed in him by re-electing him with 93 percent of the votes. International observers described the election as “transparent, fair, and legal.”

 
“I’m not President of a district, province or region, much less one ethnic or tribal group,” said President Obiang. “First and foremost, I am President of the Republic and of the entire nation of Equatorial Guinea and, as such, it is my duty and obligation to defend and serve the people, safeguard national unity, territorial integrity, and promote the welfare of all citizens.”

The elections took place in a peaceful and orderly atmosphere across the country with an overwhelming participation of the people of Equatorial Guinea. The President commended the people and said, “Our priority remains the preservation of peace, political stability, permanent dialogue between all political forces, and institutional strengthening in order to make our democracy an instrument to benefit the welfare and development of the nation.”

 

The President emphasized that the next seven years will be crucial to the development of Equatorial Guinea and invited the people embrace “this renewed spirit and continue our march towards the wellbeing and happiness of the nation.”

Monday, May 16, 2016

President Obiang Welcomes Reverend Jesse Jackson to Equatorial Guinea

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson visited the Republic of Equatorial Guinea between the 1st and 5th of May in order to experience for himself the political and economic  situation in the country and analyze possible cooperation initiatives in education and health with his foundation, Rainbow Push Coalition along with African- American owned institutions that might be interested.

During his stay, Reverend Jackson met  with the President of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at El Palacio del Pueblo (the People’s Palace). During the meeting Rev Jackson congratulated President Obiang in person for his recent reelection.

Rev Jackson’s delegation was taken to key sites of strategic importance in the country like the newly built African American University of Central Africa, the La Paz Hospitals and the oil facilities at Punta Europa. Thereafter, Rev Jackson joined a meeting that was taken place between government officials and representatives of the oil and gas  industry. On that meeting Rev Jackson mediated on small differences between the two parties and reiterated the strategic importance of the alliance they represent for the development of the country. 

Finally, Reverend Jackson met with leaders of all political parties, including those that did not participate in the last elections,  in order to discuss the current socio political situation in Equatorial Guinea and analyze the General Elections that took place on April 24th. There, Rev Jackson encouraged all political parties to continue with the good work and encouraged them to “ prioritize a spirit of brotherhood within the country in order to prevent Equatorial Guinea from being recolonized” as it is the case with several other African countries currently.

Asked on the matter, Ambassador Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme held very highly this trip and considered that : “these kind of visits are beneficial to both countries since they represent an opportunity to strengthen the already  cordial relations and bring our positions closer with American Institutions; this is the way to promote a deeper and more realistic perspective of our country in contrast to what is usually portrayed in the media”.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Equatorial Guinea Signs Climate Change Agreement At United Nations


Equatorial Guinea joined more than 165 countries today as they pledged their commitment to climate change and signed a historic climate change agreement at a ceremony hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The UN reported that the signing of the agreement is the first step toward ensuring that the agreement enters into force as soon as possible. After signing, countries must take the further national (or domestic) step of accepting or ratifying the agreement.

This ceremony has set a record for the most countries to sign an international agreement on one day.

Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, on behalf of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo signed the agreement, which was reached in Paris in December of 2015. Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the United States, Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme also participated in the ceremony.