The Turkey-Africa Summit comes to a close in Malabo


From 19-21 November, the Second Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit took place at the Sipopo Conference Centre in Malabo. The event was attended by numerous African Heads of State, plus the President and Prime Minister of Turkey. Also in attendance was a delegation of around 200 Turkish business leaders, as well as a multitude of business leaders from across the African Union countries. This event offered all attendees the chance to discuss opportunities for investment and cooperation between Turkey and Africa, including in the areas of agribusiness, civil defence and health management.TA Summit1

The Summit’s theme was around “The New Model of Partnership for the Strengthening of Sustainable Development and Integration”. During this conference, the participants agreed upon their Joint Implementation Plan for Africa-Turkey Partnership 2015-2018 which features key areas of cooperation for the coming years.

The governments of Equatorial Guinea and Turkey signed new bilateral cooperation agreements as well which were read before the Turkish delegation departed. Turkey’s President Erdogan has invited President Obiang to make an official visit to Turkey. Some of the agreements include an Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visas for Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports between Turkey and Equatorial Guinea, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture between the two governments.TASummit2

The next Summit will take place in Turkey in 2018.

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A successful National Dialogue in Equatorial Guinea


Last week saw the end of a successful National Dialogue in Equatorial Guinea. These events were held from 7-15 November at the Sipopo Conference Centre in Malabo. The legalised and exiled opposition in attendance, along with members of the country’s Executive, reviewed the laws regulating political parties, the Meeting and Demonstration Law, the Binding Pact and the Law of Presidential Elections. At the end of the Dialogue, the participants signed an agreement with a number of agreed-upon changes to further open the country’s political environment, including facilitating the creation of political parties, and relaxing regulations surrounding the ability to stand for election.NatDialogue

South African President Jacob Zuma sent a message of congratulations to President Obiang on his decision to host the Dialogue, noting that this was “a good opportunity to explain constructive options that ensure the progress of Africa”, thus showing support for this initiative across the continent. On the Dialogue, President Obiang stated: “We believe that the consensus that was reached has a national scope, since from now on its decisions will benefit the development of the democracy in our country and will strengthen all the political groups.” As such, the Dialogue represents a great step towards promoting even further development and political participation in our country.

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Equatoguinean students travel to Cuba to complete their studies in the field of Medicine


On 17 November, a group of 35 students from the Bata School of Medicine departed for Cuba to finish the sixth year of their education. This is the tenth group of Equatoguinean students to complete their studies in the country as a result of the cooperation agreement between the governments of Equatorial Guinea and Cuba.Cuba

Since the year 2000, the Bata School of Medicine has educated more than 200 physicians that have completed their final year of studies in Cuba, allowing these individuals the opportunity to acquire a high-quality education in a country with a prestigious tradition in the field of health. The study centre is headed by a Cuban dean, and the faculty is made up of a number of Cuban and Equatoguinean professors, specialised in the fields of medicine and nursing.

According to the Cuban Ambassador in Equatorial Guinea, Pedro Doña Santana, the relationship between Cuba and Equatorial Guinea focuses on the principles of health and education. If the evolution of this School of Medicine is maintained, the country will be more than prepared in terms of medical human resources to assist other countries in Africa and in the world, helping to fulfil the objectives of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

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Response to the criticism against the Organization of the CAN 2015 in Equatorial Guinea


Once more, Equatorial Guinea is again the target of the criticism, from the interested sectors, that take any opportunity to try to stain the image of the President of the Republic and of all the Equatoguineans. On this occasion, it has been the organization of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations that served as the trigger for making accusation that affirm that Equatorial Guinea is a dictatorship, that it only hosts the championship for reasons of publicity, or to attack the Government of the country, brandishing the threat of Ebola. CAF

To those that continue accusing Equatorial Guinea of being a dictatorship, we invite them to take as a reference the Fifth Political Dialogue, which was just held in Malabo. During it, the political actors of the country and of the diaspora have worked jointly to continue advancing on the democratic path. Everyone was able to raise discrepancies, in order to reach different agreements that will strengthen the democracy that is experienced in the countries, whether some like it or not.

Another of the absurd accusations is that the President of the Republic has accepted this organization only to give himself publicity; an accusation that does not take into account that this has not been an initiative of H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, but rather it was the President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Issa Hayatou, who, having travelled to Malabo, requested from the Head of State his help in view of the problem created by the refusal of Morocco.

The President of the Republic, demonstrating once against his pan-Africanist spirit accepted this request for help from an African organization, which in a communiqué issued to all the media thanked this gesture of our President: “The Executive Committee of the CAF and Issa Hayatou take this solemn opportunity to express their most sincere thanks and their profound recognition to the people of Equatorial Guinea, to their Government and, particularly, to His Excellency, the Head of State and President of the Republic of Guinea Equatorial, Teodoro Obiang.”

Furthermore, the Head of State does not need any publicity, since the facts are what endorse him, not only as the principal person responsible for the growth and development that the country is experiencing, but also one of the principal political leaders on the international and, of course, African level.

If the President of the CAF has asked the help of Equatorial Guinea, it also has to do with the successful holding of the 2012 CAN, held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon from January 21 to February 12, 2012, which was a complete success, both on the sports level as on the organizational level.

It is possible that some international media are interested in this championship being held in Qatar, a country that had been suggested as organizer, but H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has made it clear that Africans have the capacity and sufficient desire to move ahead with the events of our continent, without having to bow to outside interests.
Finally, the terrible epidemic of Ebola has been another of the motives used to attack the holding of this championship in Equatorial Guinean territory. The Government of Equatorial Guinea is aware of the seriousness of this disease, and, already in the month of August the President of the Republic, through the Decree 113/2014, constituted the National Technical Committee for the Surveillance and Control of Ebola, which is presided over by Tomas Mecheba Fernandez Galilea and whose vice chairman is Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang.

Among the attributions and competences of this committee is that of organizing all the measures necessary for the control and epidemiological vigilance in the entries to the countries; informing the people on the means of protection; training the border personnel and air services on the necessary prophylaxis; placement of isolation centers for suspicious cases or to distribute the use of the protection equipment.

In addition, as the Ministry of Information, Press and Radio already informed, by means of a communiqué on September 19 of this year, the Government has made a heavy economic expenditure in the acquisition of health material, with ambulatory hospitals, ambulances, thermographic chambers for the airports of Malabo and Bata, protection suits, disinfection material and laser thermometers, among other articles; all for the purpose of confronting a possible presence of cases of Ebola in our country. Two quarantine zones and especially equipped isolation chambers have been prepared both in Malabo and in Bata.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has demonstrated that it is aware of the severity of this disease and for months has been taking the necessary measures to prevent its appearance in the country and, should it happen, to confront it.

What is more, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated on October 23 that it does not consider it necessary to cancel international events for fear of the propagation of Ebola, and also noted that it will not exclude in a general way participants or delegations coming from countries with Ebola, and it will not impose a travel prohibition for citizens of the States affected by the virus.

Equatorial Guinea is helping in the fight against Ebola with different donations such as the two million U.S. dollars offered to the WHO, as a grant to the programs fighting the virus, which was communicated at the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Awards and it will take the measures necessary, in collaboration with the international organizations, to safeguard the health of all the participants in the CAN 2015 and, of course, of the people of Equatorial Guinea.

Text: Filiberto Nseme Nsue (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Equatorial Guinea presents at the World Travel Market in London


Enjoy Equatorial Guinea, sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in the UK, took a stand at the prestigious World Travel Market 2014, which ran from the 1st to the 4th of November. It was the first time that Equatorial Guinea had been represented at the Travel Market and the primary purpose of attending the event was to inform and enlighten people as to what Equatorial Guinea has to offer as a tourist destination. Eco and business tourism were particularly emphasised.EnjoyEG

A large screen played films provided by Guineatur, BBBP, Sofitel and the Equatorial Guinea Bird Initiative. The stand was decorated with banners of the ‘Enjoy Equatorial Guinea’ logo and photographs of Equatorial Guinea. Pof-pofs and other snacks from the country were also served.

The Embassy provided a lavishly illustrated brochure and several fact sheets including hotels, restaurants, clubs, local providers including details of all airlines operating in and out of Equatorial Guinea, tour operators, embassies in Equatorial Guinea, tourist attractions and general information.AmbEvunaQatar

In addition, key people visiting the stand were given an Enjoy Equatorial Guinea gift bags, containing a branded T-shirt, umbrella and pen. Key-rings and magazines provided by Ceiba International were also given out to the stand’s visitors.

There was a high level of interest from all sectors, requesting information on what Equatorial Guinea has to offer tourists and a desire from all those visiting the stand to know more about the country. Over 500 people visited the stand over the four day event, including visits from two of the main world travel guide books: Lonely Planet and Brandt Travel Guides.

A number of key travel and music journalists also visited the stand and expressed their enthusiasm for visiting the country.EEG

A full database is being prepared and each person will be contacted within the next few weeks to follow up on their area of interest.

Equatorial Guinea to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations


Equatorial Guinea has been named host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations which will take place from 17 January to 8 February. The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, visited President Obiang to ask his country to host the competition. The President agreed to this proposal, providing Equatorial Guinea the opportunity to build upon its experience as co-host of the 2012 tournament with neighbouring Gabon.Flag of Equatorial Guinea

Matches will be held in venues across the country, centred in four major cities: Mongomo, Ebebiyin, Bata and Malabo. The draw for the finals will take place on 3 December in Malabo.

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New advances in the management of the Liquefied Natural Gas project in Equatorial Guinea


On 31 October, the Government of Equatorial Guinea announced that they have signed the third amendment to the Contract for Production, together with Ophir Energy and GEPetrol, of the Block R project offshore Equatorial Guinea. This step begins the development of one of the first projects of its kind on the African continent, which also includes a new vessel for a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) plant.

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Malabo to host the second Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit

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From 19-21 November, the second Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit will take place at the Sipopo Conference Centre (Malabo), which has the objective of strengthening relations between African countries and Turkey. This event is expected to accommodate hundreds of people from the Turkish delegations, along with ministers, senior officials of the government, and around 15 heads of state. Having the Turkish government in Equatorial Guinea will serve as an impetus for a possible dialogue and subsequent ratification of working agreements between Equatorial Guinea and Turkey, as well as with the larger African Union.

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Commencement of the National Dialogue


Today at noon, the National Political Dialogue commenced at the Sipopo Conference Centre (Malabo). This significant event is taking place from 7-15 November, bringing together the leaders of representatives from both legalised and exiled political groups with the objective of creating an environment of greater political participation for all Equatoguineans.ND

In attendance at this dialogue are 21 members of the Government’s executive, five representatives from each legalised political group, political actors from the diaspora and NGO representatives. International observers are also attending the meetings to ensure impartiality in all the proceedings.

President Obiang announced the opening of this dialogue on 29 August, later signing a General Amnesty Decree on 21 October which pardons all Equatoguineans charged with political crimes, allowing them to participate in this historic event. The National Dialogue represents a significant step in the country’s further democratisation, with President Obiang stating that it signifies “turning a new leaf and forgetting the past”.

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