Equatorial Guinea National Day

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Posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – October 12, 2015

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/10/248091.htm

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 12, 2015

 

On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I send best wishes to the people ofEquatorial Guinea on your Independence Day.

The United States and Equatorial Guinea continue to have strong and fruitful economic ties. We are committed to our work together to improve health and basic education. We look forward to continued cooperation between our two countries, especially towards our shared goal of keeping Equatorial Guinea, and all of Africa, polio-free.

We also look forward to expanding collaboration on maritime security, economic diversification, and good governance for the benefit of all.

As you gather with family and friends, I wish the people of Equatorial Guinea peace, prosperity, and stability in the year to come.

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Supplying Power Where Power is Due: Annobon Island Microgrid

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Posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – August 31st, 2015

Darren Hammell, Princeton Power Systems

Darren Hammell, Princeton Power Systems

With electricity only five hours a day, Annobon Island is much like many other remote areas of the developing world. Darren Hammel of Princeton Power Systems explains the changes that the Annobon Island microgrid will bring to this Equatorial Guinea community.

Annobon Island is the southern-most island of Equatorial Guinea off the coast of west central Africa. The island has a population of approximately 5,000 residents, with limited access to reliable electricity. In 2014, residents of Annobon Island had access to electricity for about five hours per day, if at all, and even then the electricity did not come cheap as they would spend an average of 15-20 percent of their annual income on supplemental power.

Unfortunately, the scenario on Annobon Island is fairly common throughout the developing world, especially on islands. The quickest and most convenient way to bring electricity to remote areas is with a diesel generator. They are widely available nearly everywhere on the planet, and reasonable cheap to buy and install. The problem comes with the long-term operation of these generators, which can be very expensive, particularly in locations that do not have easy access to the refined diesel fuel that the generators need to run. Furthermore, these generators are loud, polluting, burn significant volumes of fuel, and must be frequently monitored, maintained, and overhauled. Overall, this leads to diesel generators being a very expensive way to generate electricity.

What’s worse, generators are typically oversized for the average amount of power they provide, which makes them run inefficiently, burn more fuel, and need more maintenance. Finally, with many mechanical moving parts they are prone to break-downs and are tough to count on for reliable electricity, especially in warm temperatures.

One new solution to this issue relies on solar energy, advanced batteries, and advanced power electronics and controllers to create a “microgrid” to supply a village or an entire island with reliable and cost-effective electricity. As the technology to do this reliable and cost-effectively has only recently become available, it requires strong leadership and political will to develop microgrid projects at large scale. Annobon’s President Obiang Nguema had a vision to raise the quality of life for the residents by filling the need for an energy solution that would provide them with electricity for 24 hours a day seven days a week, and after consulting with industry came across solar microgrid technology as an optimal solution. Princeton Power Systems stepped in with the technology and capabilities to prove that one does not have to live on the mainland to enjoy the benefits of affordable, reliable, low-pollution electricity.

Princeton Power Systems, based out of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, opened doors in 2001. The company has extensive experience with microgrids having developed perhaps the highest profile solar microgrid in the world for the US National Park Service on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, plus many other projects with customers across the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Princeton’s UL and CE-certified power electronics are used worldwide in advanced battery operations both tied to the electric grid and offgrid, with built-in smart functions for ancillary services.

The company’s project on Alcatraz, off the coast of California, is similar to the Annobon Island situation in the sense that they are both isolated from central power grids and Alcatraz previously ran entirely on diesel-fueled generators, which drove a significant amount of operating costs and pollutants for the Golden Gate Recreational area that manages the island. The Alcatraz Microgrid has been operating reliable for nearly three years, since the project was commissioned in 2012. During that time, the amount of diesel fuel consumed on the island has dropped by over 50 percent, reducing the number of fuel-resupply ferries that go out to the island by almost 75%. The resulting cost savings, emission savings, and improved electric grid reliability have made the project a success for the Park Service.

In collaboration with the project developer MAECI – Management & Economics Consulting, Inc.) and partners, Princeton Power Systems began the build-out of a 5-MW self-sufficient solar microgrid on Annobon Island, consisting of 20,000 solar panels split into three geographically-separated arrays, three large-scale advanced battery banks, and redundant generators. The microgrid is enabled by Princeton Power Systems 250 kW battery integrated inverters (BIGI), twenty of which are installed across the island to condition the power from the solar arrays and batteries, and to manage power flow between the different sources and loads. The BIGI-250 is the world’s first multi-port, DC-coupled power converter designed for cost-effective solar and battery microgrids like the one on Annobon.

The BIGI-250 operates both on-grid and off-grid and features built-in smart functions, such as demand peak shaving, photovoltaic (PV) ramp rate control and area frequency regulation (AFR). It includes a droop control algorithm that allows multiple power converters to synchronize on an AC-microgrid along with diesel generators and without dedicated communication lines between the converters. This control method allows inverters to drop off-line or communications to go down without affecting the reliability of the electric grid.

The control structure is based on Princeton’s Energy Management Operating System (EMOSTM) and four EMOS-Hub controllers placed around the island. There is one EMOS-Hub located near the mouth of the island’s inactive volcano, another near the island’s airport, one near the island’s only hotel and the fourth master controller near the southern tip to coordinate between all of the locations and support three small villages.  The island-wide microgrid EMOS controllers allow remote control and monitoring of the power system, and allows remote maintenance and software upgrades as needed.

“Today over 1 billion people are without power. We are taking our experience in microgrids from Alcatraz Island, the US Department of Defense and private sector customers to now apply it to improving quality of life for people in rural areas where grid connected power does not exist or is not reliable,” said Ken McCauley, president and CEO Princeton Power Systems.

The island-wide microgrid on Annobon will provide reliable, predictable power, supply enough electricity to handle 100 percent of the island’s current energy demand, and will be the largest self-sufficient solar project on the continent of Africa. Solar power with advanced batteries provides a cost-effective way to bring electricity to islands and remote areas with much lower emissions than fossil-fuel generators. Modern solar panels are far more efficient and cost-effective than their predecessors, and advanced batteries that can support the daily charging and discharging required for microgrid operation are just now becoming widely commercially available. The electronics and controls required to manage these assets has been demonstrated for several years in projects including the Alcatraz Microgrid.

The Annobon project is a part of Equitorial Guinea’s National Economic Development Plan Horizon 2020, which aims to make Equitorial Guinea an “emerging economy” while accelerating its development and democratization by 2020.  Along, with a much needed power supply, the microgrid will enable the development of multiple industries on the island, therefore, providing residents more jobs and significantly raise the standard of living.

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Program of activities of International Labor Day

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posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – April 28, 2015

The Ministry of Labor and Social Security have organized a series of activities to celebrate May 1, dedicated to workers.

The activities, starting on April 29, begin with a series of lectures to be held in the auditorium of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the following topics: the importance of working for society, offered by a representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); the social responsibility of the company, by Malela Idjabe Ngandi, of the Presidential Council on Labor; and the impact of alcohol consumption on the job, by a graduate in Business.

On April 30, starting at 4 p.m., will be the end of the Football, Basketball and Boxing Tournaments, after which the trophies will be delivered to the winners.

On Friday, May 1, as is traditional, a Mass of Thanksgiving will take place at the Holy Cathedral of Malabo, to be attended by public officials and of the Administration; the mayor of Malabo, Maria Coloma Edjang; and members of the Government, headed by the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Heriberto Meco Mbengono.

After the church service, a reception at the La Luna de Malabo complex will be held.

Finally, these activities will conclude with a requiem mass in memory of all senior officials, businessmen and workers who died in the past year.

Text and photo: Sarilusi Tarifa King (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Seminar tour on legal issues

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The President of the Supreme Court, Martin Ndong Nsue, accompanied by the Attorney General, David Nguema Obiang, among others, made a tour to publicize the seminar workshop on the mainland, including all the members of the Judicial power of the provincial capitals.

After two days of intense work in the Palace of Justice in Bata, from April 20 to 21, the seminar participants attended several presentations.

The first speaker was Fernando Engonga Obama, who discussed labor issues involving the jurisdiction; the work, the role and competence in legal disputes; the development of conciliation, etc. Another presentation, regarding the judicial function in civil matters, was given by Reginaldo Ejido Panades.

Eliseo Mangue Nvo presented his analysis of the ordinary declarative processes, professional treatment and similar processes, while the conference of the President of the Supreme Court was on appeals against court rulings and mechanisms of effective judicial protection.

Martin Ndong Nsue, at the end of his speech and to culminate the event, congratulated the members of the magistracy of Litoral for their participation, and asked them to implement what they learned.

Text and photos: Miguel Angel Andjimi (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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The Director General of BANGE in the Chamber of Commerce

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The funding mechanism for small and medium companies was the focus of the conversation during the meeting between the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Bioko, Gregorio Boho Camo, and the Director General of the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE), Manuel Osa Nsue.

The meeting between the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Gregorio Boho Camo, and the Director General of National Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE), Manuel Osa Nsue, took place on Monday, April 27, at the headquarters of the entity.

In addition to discussing the dynamism for the financing of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they also analyzed in depth the work of the Professional Association of Credit Establishment (APEC), of which Osa Nsue is the president.

The APEC ensures the best interests of banks in Equatorial Guinea and works towards strengthening the economy. For this, the director of BANGE has a financing budget for SMEs, according to the agreement signed with the Ministry of Commerce and Business Development.

Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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The presidential couple travels to the People’s Republic of China

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At the invitation of H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, traveled on Sunday night, April 26 to Beijing, capital of China. The Head of State of Equatorial Guinea will open the “Equatorial Guinea-Asia” Economic Forum, to be held on April 30 in the city of Dalian.

This trip is the ninth State visit that the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has made to China since taking office in 1979, coinciding with the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the governments Beijing and Malabo, whose ties get more positive results every day for both countries.

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo will offer the keynote of the “Equatorial Guinea-Asia” Economic Forum, to be held on April 30 in the city of Dalian. Among the guests are Government officials and executives of the business world in Asia. They also expect the participation of several Equatorial Guinea Ministers of key economic sectors of the country: Finance and Budgets; Mines, Industry and Energy; Health and Social Welfare, and Agriculture and Forestry.

The objective of the forum is to put the authorities of Equatorial Guinea in touch with the investment community of Asia, as well as attract foreign direct investment to our country.

At the airport in Malabo, the Head of State and his wife were seen off at the presidential pavilion by the two Vice Presidents, Ignacio Milam Tang and Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; the presidents of constitutional bodies and members of the recently remodeled Government, headed by the Prime Minister for Administrative Coordination, Vicente Ehate Tomi.

Text: Maria Jesus Nsang Nguema
Photo: Miguel Angel Mba Onva
(Presidential Press Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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PDGE Tour 2015: Evinayong receives the secretaries

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On this occasion, the Deputy Secretary General traveled to China to accompany the President of the Republic during his visit to this country, and was not able to be present in Evinayong that, as in previous tour stops, has come out to receive the PDGE.

Once again, the working meeting with the militancy began with the motion of the representative of the district council, who in addition to conveying the welcome for the delegation of the party, also reviewed some of the main needs of the district, such as creating roads for some inland areas; housing for health workers; a morgue and a new health center, among others.

Osa Osa also addressed the attendees in the traditional language of Evinayong in this new work meeting and, among other things, requested collaboration in view of the recession currently being experienced in Equatorial Guinea, in order to implement various policies of economic production. Therefore, he said, there will be a conference this year, to explore new ways of production and income that can help overcome the crisis, and that create permanent jobs, without fluctuations in oil, as well as other measures.

-“We have a visionary president, who has been overcoming the difficulties he has encountered along the way, and all we have today we owe to him, his activity and work,” said Osa Osa Ecoro before the act of providing incentives, diplomas and insignias to the presidents base cells, who filled the room.

The Secretary-General ratified the congratulations to the militants, and asked them to redouble their efforts in the current situation to support the President, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Despite the absence of the Secretary General, Jesusa Obono, the meeting with the women was also held, which in this case was carried out by Antonina Mico Mikue, Head Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Women of the party.

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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President Obiang receives the Russian Ambassador

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posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – April 23, 2015

The Head of State and Government, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, granted an audience on Tuesday, April 21, to the Extraordinary Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation accredited in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Nikolai L. Ratsiborinskiy.

This audience held in the People’s Palace of Malabo served to discuss various bilateral issues, and was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Relations and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy.

The Russian Ambassador conveyed to President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo the congratulations of the people and Government of the Russian Federation, for his continuing role in the development of democracy and his willingness to cooperate with the various international institutions.

The meeting also served to strengthen the cooperation between Russia and Equatorial Guinea in the economic sphere, and address issues such as security on the African continent, the global economic and financial crisis and the threat of the terrorist group Boko Haram and other extremist groups.

During the meeting, the diplomat delivered the invitation of the Russian Government, extended to the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, to make a trip to Moscow next June, in the framework of the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Text: Maria Jesus Nsang Nguema (Presidential Press)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Equatorial Guinea, applauded for its contribution to the Trust Fund for Solidarity of the FAO

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posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – April 23, 2015

The Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda, thanked the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for his generous contribution to the African Solidarity Trust Fund for Food Security, managed by the FAO, during the meeting with a delegation of the representatives of the permanent missions of UN agencies based in Rome, during his tour of the countries of East Africa. This tour aims to observe in situ the implementation of policies and programs of the FAO, and is chaired by the Ambassador-Representative of the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to these agencies, Crisantos Obama Ondo.

In Uganda, the members of the delegation, after meeting with officials of the local office of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), met with several national authorities and diplomatic missions, specifically with the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Health, the Minister of Water and Environment, members of the Liaison Office of the United Nations in Uganda, as well as with the various partners for Development located in the capital, Kampala. These meetings provided a chance for the delegates to see firsthand the various programs being implemented in the growth of the agricultural sector.

Following these meetings, the delegation of representatives of the Permanent Missions was received in audience by the Ugandan Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, with whom they analyzed government programs for the empowerment of the primary sector. Both sides stressed the importance of promoting agriculture as a key pillar for sustainable development, job creation and improving nutrition.

At the meeting with the Prime Minister, it was learned that said African Solidarity Trust Fund, whose first partner is Equatorial Guinea, has as beneficiaries Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan, Malawi and Ethiopia. Therefore, Ruhakana Rugunda used the meeting to thank the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and its President, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for his generous contribution to this fund, which serves for the FAO to implement different actions for agricultural development in the countries of East Africa, especially in youth involvement in agricultural activities within a program defined by the African Union and underlined by the 2014 Declaration of Malabo on youth employment. This information was applauded by all the members of the delegation of the FAO as well as by members of the Ugandan government.

The Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to the FAO, Crisantos Obama Ondo, was elected unanimously last March in Rome, to chair said delegation, arrived in Kenya, and was informed about the FAO programs in Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan, Malawi and Ethiopia.

Source: Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the FAO
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic celebrates World Day of Solidarity with Venezuela

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posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – April 23, 2015

As part of the defense and solidarity with Venezuela, social movements, organizations and activists have participated in the World Day of Action in Solidarity with Venezuela, during April 19, coinciding with the commemoration of the 205 years of the first cry for independence of the Bolivarian country.

Under the slogan “Venezuela is not a threat, it is a hope”, social movements from the five continents have expressed their message of support and solidarity with the country against attempts of foreign interference; they have also ratified that the Bolivarian Republic is not alone, as it has the support of the peoples of the world.

This position has been strengthened by the solidarity given within the celebration of the 7th Summit of the Americas and the Peoples Summit (Panama 2015), as well as the various statements issued by organizations and institutions such as the Council for World Peace; the World Federation of Democratic Youth; the World Union Federation; the Women’s International Democratic Federation; the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR); the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM); the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA); the Organization of American States (OAS); the Continental Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Students, and the Continental Bolivarian Movement, and dozens of parties and organizations from all the continents.

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Malabo, along with supportive friends of the country, joined this global day of solidarity for peace and unity of peoples, sending a greeting from the African continent to the homeland of Bolivar and Chavez, in order to continue gathering efforts for the maintenance of peace, unity and brotherhood, against the special interests that threaten the harmony in the world.

Text and photos: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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