Luxury European hotel group Kempinski Hotels has announced plans to expand its outlets in Africa, with a new 450-room hotel planned to open in Malabo next year. The group has also announced new properties in Ghana, Egypt, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
President Obiang met with Victor Mooney – the transatlantic rower steering the Spirit of Malabo on its awareness-raising journey – in New York yesterday. Mooney presented the president with 20 minute HIV detection test. The Equatorial Guinean government plans to implement the tests in the country as part of its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the country.
The OraQuick ADVANCE Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test detects antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 in 20 minutes and is increasingly used internationally to identify the disease in a quick and effective manner, ensured patients receive treatment as soon as possible.
Victor Mooney will begin his trip across the Atlantic Ocean later this year, during which he will sail the Spirit of Malabo from the Canary Island’s to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. The transatlantic journey is being undertaken to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and encourage preventative measures such as education, condom distribution and financing of antiretroviral medicine, which are championed by President Obiang in the fight to halt the disease in the African continent.
Equatorial Guinean President Obiang Nguema Mbasago is in New York this week to attend the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President spoke during public debates throughout the week, during which he explained the political reforms being carried out in Equatorial Guinea.
During his speech, President Obiang explained that the government of Equatorial Guinea is taking action to improve the country’s general welfare. However, he claimed that the interference of some countries in the affairs of Equatorial Guinea represent a ‘usurpation of the authority of the United Nations.’ The president also called for the suspension of the US economic embargo on Cuba and proposed the creation of an FAO Trust Fund for food security in Africa, to which Equatorial Guinea would contribute $30 million.
Earlier this week, President Obiang met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to discuss the progress of UN activities in Equatorial Guinea. During the meeting, the Secretary-General reaffirmed ‘the UN’s commitment to continue to support the efforts of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon towards the peaceful settlement of their border dispute through referral to the International Court of Justice in a timely manner’, according to an official UN statement.
The President addressed African leaders at the Assembly again yesterday, stressing the importance of peace and security alongside progress of the Millennium Development Goals. ‘‘If there is no peace, there can be no development, and if there is no development, it would be difficult to ensure the dignity, integrity and freedom of human beings’ he said, urging the international community to cooperate for the welfare and future happiness of humanity.
President Obiang went on to describe how improved infrastructure in Equatorial Guinea had aided progress on the Millennium Development Goals, especially in improving maternal and infant health, reducing illiteracy and integrating disabled people into society. He noted that the country is collaborating with other countries in Africa to manufacture a malaria vaccine that could be used as early as 2017. Due to these efforts on the part of the government, President Obiang declared that Equatorial Guinea is set to graduate from the Least Developed Country category by 2020.
The rowing vessel the Spirit of Malabo has begun sea trials off the coast of New York in preparation for its trip across the Atlantic Ocean later this year. The transatlantic journey is being undertaken to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and encourage preventative measures such as education, condom distribution and financing of antiretroviral medicine, which are championed by President Obiang in the fight to halt the disease in the African continent.
The journey is personally supported by President Obiang and is backed by the government of Equatorial Guinea in partnership with the United Nations. The boat was christened in August 2013 to commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
The Spirit of Malabo’s rower, Victor Mooney, intends to direct the vessel from the Canary Islands to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. Mooney has lost one brother to HIV/AIDS and has another living with the disease.
Her Excellency Mari-Cruz Evuna Andeme will be visiting Hull on Thursday 26 September in order to meet with local businesses. Individuals and companies attending the event will have the opportunity for one-to-one meetings with the Ambassador in order to find out more about the commercial opportunities in Equatorial Guinea.
Businesses working in renewable energy, transportation, tourism and hospitality, exports, construction and infrastructure are particularly welcome.
The event will be held at Chandlers Court, 158/159 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NG from 9.30am to 17.00pm. Entrance is free, however bookings are limited to two places per company.
The embassy is very grateful to Hallmark Solicitors and Hallmark Business Brokers for their help in organising the event. For further details or to arrange a meeting, please contact the embassy on 020 74 996 867 or via the contact form, or Hallmark Solicitors on 0845 6 808 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A major international team of experts has come together in Equatorial Guinea to work on trials for a new malaria vaccine. Biotechnology company Sanaria, the Ifakara Institute, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Department of Mines, Ministry and Energy have presented the design of the first medical trial of a new malaria vaccine in Malabo.
The trial is part of Equatorial Guinea’s plans to progress in international medicine and science. The country is only the second in Africa to sponsor a clinical trial of the vaccine against malaria, a disease which affects millions across the continent and is a leading cause of infant mortality in Africa.
Ventures Africa Magazine recently profiled the tourism attractions of the island of Bioko. Ventures is a business, investment and lifestyle magazine for African entrepreneurs and professionals, featuring articles on the best travel and relaxation destinations on the continent. In her article, ‘Discovering Africa: The treasure of the island of Bioko’, travel editor Venicia Guinot recently picked Equatorial Guinea as a ‘Utopia’ for nature-lovers, describing its white sandy beaches and lush forests, with the volcanic island of Bioko a particular highlight.
The beauty, landscape and tourist destinations of Equatorial Guinea have been greatly improved by recent modernisation projects, overseen by the government as part of its Horizon 2020 development programme. The natural beauty, extraordinary forests and stunning landscape of Bioko – combined with the growing wealth and modernisation of Equatorial Guinea – makes the island the perfect destination for curious travellers.
Statement by H.E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue regarding the dismissal of proceedings by the District Court of Los Angeles, in the lawsuit filed against him by the Government of the United States of America.
-“As I have always maintained since the beginning of the investigation against me, the U.S. Government never had reasonable grounds to believe that I had violated the laws of our Country, Equatorial Guinea.
After full and careful consideration of all the evidence presented by the Government of the United States, the District Court of Los Angeles has ruled that the three separate fields on which this action was instituted lacked any consistency and admitted the motion presented by my lawyers, effectively dismissing the allegations of the case.
In expressing my gratitude for this dismissal, I consider it unfortunate that this case has taken two years to get to this point. However, I have always been sure of our victory.
After unsuccessful filing of its initial accusation, the U.S. Government has amended its complaint alleging that I had violated the Banking Law of the United States at the time my former attorneys opened some bank accounts.”
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea participates in the Twenty-Fourth Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council, which takes place in the city of Geneva from September 9 to 27.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea has been cooperating closely with the aforementioned intergovernmental entity of the United Nations, responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world, since its creation under resolution 60/251 of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2006.
Reiterating the spirit of multilateral cooperation and the road map of the foreign policy of the Equatorial Guinean Government, both translated by the adoption, implementation and ratification of international treaties and their optional protocols, the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea will actively take part in the work of this session, particularly in the organizational issues related to the Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, as well as the analysis of the various reports to be presented by the working groups of the High Commissioner, and in the study of the resolutions to be presented during the session.
The second national report of Equatorial Guinea will be presented to the Group for the Periodic Universal Review of the Human Rights Council, in May 2014, four years after the first of December 2009, in which the successes obtained in the area of economic, social and cultural rights and the international cooperation activities executed by Equatorial Guinea incited repeated praised from many countries.