EQUATORIAL GUINEA UNITES THE WORLD

April 14th , 2015 → 11:35 am @

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(1888PressRelease) April 13, 2015 – MIAMI, Florida – Longtime AIDS activist, Victor Mooney of Queens, New York is nearing the start of the last 1,500 miles of a transatlantic row with the continued support of Republic of Equatorial Guinea and their Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Mooney reached out to the tiny country nearly several years ago with a dream of lowering the infections of AIDS and encouraging global voluntary HIV testing. His Brazilian built rowboat is called, “The Spirit of Malabo”.

“It hasn’t been easy, but what’s clear is…AIDS has no boundaries, whether in Malabo or Manhattan”, said Mooney. “Until there’s a cure, education and prevention are the tools for reaching an AIDS-free generation”, Mooney added.

Mooney began is fourth attempt to row cross the Atlantic Ocean last year and arrived in St. Martin, French West Indies, nearly one-hundred and thirty days later. He faced many obstacles from an eighty pound weight loss to a oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) that punctured a hole in his boat. While heading to the United States, the rower was robbed and his boat severely damaged off the coast of Haiti. In Miami, RMK Merrill-Stevens has sponsored the repairs on Mooney’s boat so he can continue his mission. The boat will be later donated to the United Nations as a symbol for the continued fight against AIDS. Mooney looks to arrived at New York’s Brooklyn Bridge between June and July.

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Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Social Affairs and Gender Equality Discusses Government’s Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women and Promote Gender Equality

April 14th , 2015 → 11:33 am @

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Equatorial Guinea has made ending gender-based violence and promoting gender equality a policy priority, according to the country’s Minister of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Mari Carmen Ecoro.

Minister Ecoro discussed in a recent interview the efforts the government and the Ministry have undertaken to create awareness programs against violence and in favor of gender equality. During the interview, Minister Ecoro said the government has established legal mechanisms and developed awareness programs aimed at reducing—and eventually eliminating–violence against women.

The minister said that the country has made huge strides in gender equality since the overthrow of the Macias dictatorship in 1979. “When we look at women during the years of dictatorship, we saw that the woman did not have her own identity. But since 1979… the first call made by the President was to rebuild and provide our knowledge towards a better Guinea. He made an emphasis on women, for the woman to be trained and educated. When a woman is trained and educated, she can give more than when she is not.”

Today, she said, women are graduating from high schools and universities—in Equatorial Guinea and abroad on scholarships—in record numbers. “We used to lose girls in primary and secondary education,” Minister Ecoro said, “but today with a change in the law, girls can choose careers that were traditionally man dominant. That is a great advancement. In the business world, we see many women entrepreneurs.”

She said her government’s experience could serve as a model for the rest of Africa. “The countries of the African continent should take the example that is leading our country in the sense that we must continue to support women, but putting an emphasis on their education and training from an early age,” she said.

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country’s oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

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Surprises in the second round of the Football League

March 23rd , 2015 → 11:57 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 23, 2015

The second round of the national football championship concluded on Sunday, in the island region and in the mainland. No fewer than 17 goals were scored in the stadiums of both areas.

Insular Region

The main feature of the second round of the championship in the island region was the 5-1 landslide, suffered by The Panthers against Sony Ela Nguema. Although the Panthers played a good match on the first day, Sunday, March 22, it received this major defeat with highest landslide recorded since the league started. Thanks to this result the Sony Ela Nguema takes the lead.

Results in the Insular Region:

In the Sampaka Stadium, the Atletico Semu against Deportivo Unidad (1-1)
In Luba, San Pablo of Nsork against Leones Vegetarianos (1-2)
At the La Paz Stadium, The Panther against Sony Ela Nguema (1-5)

Región Continental

In the Manuel Enguru Ondo Stadium of  Ebebiyin, the provincial derby of Kie-Ntem between the red team of Akonangui Fútbol Club and its neighbor, the Racing of Micomeseng, resulted in the victory of 2-1 in favor of the Racing.

Results in the Continental Region:

At the Stadium of Alep, the Quince de Agosto of Akonibe against  A. D. Mongomo (0-0)
In the Municipal Stadium of Mbini, Deportivo Mongomo against Dragon Football Club (2-2)
In the  Manuel Enguru Ondo Stadium of  Ebebiyin, the Akonangui Football Club against Racing de Micomeseng (1-2)

Text: David Monsuy Senior (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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The Leones Vegetarianos receive the Super Cup

March 23rd , 2015 → 11:56 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 23, 2015

With the result 1-0, the team Leones Vegetarianos beat the Sony Ela Nguema at the end of this competition. The awards were handed out on Friday, March 20.

The Leones Vegetarianos defeated the Sony Ela Nguema in the Super Cup final, during a match that ended with the score of 1-0. Thus, the Vegetarianos obtained two important victories, as they were also the winners of the Cup of His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

The awards ceremony was held on Friday, March 20; the winner received two million CFA francs with a trophy and gold medals for the players; while the subchampion obtained one million CFA francs, a trophy and silver medals.

The ceremony was presided over by the vice president of the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) in charge of leagues, Gustavo Ndong Edu Akum, attended by Vice President of the Association of Federated Teams, Inocencio Ncogo Ndong.

During the delivery, Ncongo Ndong thanked the new authorities of the FEGUIFUT for having programmed and funded this match, which marks the end of the past season. He also wished luck and success to the new leadership of the Equatorial Guinean football institution.

Therefore, the vice president of the federation said that the current objective of the institution is to do things right, “This was just a start. Next year there will be more prizes. The team champion, best player, top scorer, goalkeeping, etc.”

Ncogo reiterated that the FEGUIFUT wants to encourage the best players of the competitions, and for there to be a greater integration of the local league in the national team. “The best example that we have talent here, at home, was seen during the recent African Cup,”  he said.

Text: David Monsuy Senior
Photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi
(D. G. Base Internet Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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The Minister of Tourism with the Cuban ambassador

March 23rd , 2015 → 11:55 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 23, 2015

The head of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, received the Ambassador of Cuba accredited in Equatorial Guinea, Pedro Doña Santana.

This meeting, the first of the year between the two personalities, served for the Cuban diplomat to deliver to the Minister the invitation to the 14th International Conference on African and Afro-American Culture, to be held on April 12 and 16, in Santiago de Cuba.

The Minister thanked him for the invitation and said she would work in order to have an exhibiting commission attend it.

During the conversation they discussed other subjects, such as the International Tourism Fair, FitCub 2015, which will also be held in Cuba between May 5 and 7. Mekuy Mba welcomed the proposal with great interest, saying that if her schedule permits it, she will also be present in this event, because she is eager to see the island. If it were not possible for her to make the trip, she would send a senior official from the ministry to go in her place, she added.

During the meeting, the Minister and the Ambassador discussed other issues, including the ability to advance in an agreement between the Cuban and Equatorial Guinean institutions to develop cultural activities.

Guillermina Mekuy thanked Doña Santana for his visit, and reiterated the commitment of her government and her ministry in enhancing the relations and cooperation.

Source: Embassy of Cuba in Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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First clinical trial of new malaria vaccine held in Equatorial Guinea

March 23rd , 2015 → 11:52 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 23, 2015

Equatorial Guinea has held the first clinical trial of a new malaria vaccine known as PfSPZ. Three volunteers participated this month in the trial of the vaccine, which was developed by the American biotechnology company Sanaria. The trial took place at the La Paz Medical Center, the country’s premier medical facility, located in Sipopo, just outside the capital.

The country’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has partnered with the several organizations and companies to test the vaccine: Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), the La Paz Medical Center, Sanaria, Marathon Equatorial Guinea Production Limited, Noble Energy, and Medical Care Development International (MCDI), which trained local staff to assist with the preparation of malaria vaccine trial.

When the vaccine is applied, it can generate a strong immune response to protect the body against the parasite that causes malaria. In early tests, the drug has proven to be the safest and most effective possible vaccine to fight the disease.

Equatorial Guinea is the second country in Africa to sponsor a malaria vaccine clinical trial. The government of Equatorial Guinea has waged an aggressive fight against the disease, which is endemic in West and Central Africa, through spraying, education, and distribution of chemically treated mosquito nets. It invested approximately three million U.S. dollars in 2013 for the Program to Fight Malaria, which has significantly contributed to the reduction of the disease on the island of Bioko and has been recognized for its effort by the United Nations and the organization Roll Back Malaria.

According to the World Health Organization, in 2013 there were about 198 million cases of malaria worldwide. Many of which were fatal.

The first PfSPZ vaccine trial in Equatorial Guinea will continue over the next year, with additional doses and follow-up visits.

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA CONTRACTS HUAWEI MARINE TO BUILD ‘CEIBA-2 SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEM’

March 23rd , 2015 → 11:49 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 23, 2015

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Huawei Marine Networks Ltd (Huawei Marine), in a press release, stated that they’ve been awarded a contract by the Equatorial Guinea government to build a Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System.

The cable system, which is expected to be ready in the fourth quarter of 2015, will enable the country connect to larger submarine cable systems including WACSSAT-3, and Main One via Kirbi –consequently providing access to an European network.

Mr. Olo Bahamonde, Minister of Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Transport, Post and Telecommunications, opined that: “The development of a robust telecommunications infrastructure is vital to the future of Equatorial Guinea. We are pleased to work with Huawei Marine to implement the Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System which will substantially boost the economic and commercial development of the country.”

The 290 kilometre system will be featuring a capacity of eight terabytes per second (Tbps) and link Malabo to Bata (economic hub of the country) with a unit branching towards Kirbi, Cameroon.

“It is our privilege to support the government of Equatorial Guinea by enhancing their international connectivity though the latest high-speed submarine cable infrastructure. Huawei Marine’s leading-edge solutions continue to be the preferred choice of governments, carriers and private sector partners providing critical telecommunications solutions and value to regions around the world,” Mr. Mike Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Marine Networks, added.

The project will utilize Huawei’s Marine’s leading-edge Wavelength Division Multiplex (WDM) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) technologies.

Equatorial Guineans will definitely welcome this laudable project after completion and hopefully enjoy the full potential it has to offer.

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The Parliamentary Group of the PDGE answers Placido Mico

March 16th , 2015 → 11:30 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 16, 2015

Last week, the head table of the Chamber of Deputies sanctioned the representative of the CPDS, Placido Mico, for his behavior during a public session of the Commission for Complaints and Petitions. After the complaints disseminated by the parliamentary member Mico for this sanction, the PDGE replies: “While respecting his right to political dissent, he should understand that mutual respect and parliamentary courtesy are not inconsistent with responsible exercise of the opposition and respect for the Law.”

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) replied to the deputy of Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), Placido Mico, who last March 10, was expelled from the Chamber, upon application of a sanction for his conduct.

The incident occurred when, at a public meeting of the Commission for Complaints and Petitions, Mico made an accusation against the President of the Bureau of the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies, Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu. For this, the president of the Chamber applied the sanction of expulsion.

Later, the deputy of the CPDS issued a statement to the media, stating that this expulsion was due to political reasons and personal animosity and political persecution against him.

The Parliamentary Group of the PDGE which has majority in the Parliament of Equatorial Guinea, both in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, also expressed the position of this party, through a statement signed by its spokesman, Miguel Adjang Angue.

In response, the PDGE reminds the CPDS Deputy that the penalty for expulsion is routine and disciplinary in order to correct a serious disorderly behaviors, pursuant to Article 94 of the Rules of the Chamber of Deputies, an appropriate sanction in this case. The PDGE indicates that the deputy Mico has deliberately engaged “in a demagogic drift with partisan tinge trying to accuse the President of being biased and of collusion with a company, which, being false and very serious, attempts against the honor and the role of the President.”

The PDGE also laments that the deputy Placido Mico is using this event to once again act as a victim: “While respecting his right to political dissent, he should understand that mutual respect and parliamentary courtesy are not inconsistent with responsible exercise of the opposition and respect for the Law.”

Source: Parliamentary Group of the PDGE
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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The first trials of the vaccine against malaria take place in Equatorial Guinea

March 16th , 2015 → 11:29 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 16, 2015

On Saturday, March 7, the vaccination of the first three subjects of Malaria Vaccine PfSPZ took place, whose trials are held in Equatorial Guinea. This is a historic medical milestone in this project presented as one of the most advanced alternatives to end the disease.

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, after almost over two years of work, the first three volunteers were successfully injected with the vaccine PfSPZ in the Medical Center La Paz of Sipopo. The team that participated in this important medical event consisted of staff from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MSBS) of Equatorial Guinea; the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in Tanzania; the Medical Center La Paz in Sipopo, as well as members of the biotechnology company of Maryland (USA), Sanaria Inc., who traveled to Malabo to train local staff and assist with the preparation and formulation of vaccines.

The PfSPZ vaccine (Pf for P. falciparum and SPZ for sporozoite, one of the stages of the parasite life) was elaborated by the American laboratory Sanaria Inc. It consists of weakened sporozoites, which can fully develop. When inoculated into a human body, the vaccine can generate a sufficiently strong immune response to protect the body against the bite of the parasite.  In early tests, the drug has proved to be the safest and most effective possible vaccine to combat Malaria.

It is a project of enormous historical and social significance, given that so far it has not been possible to achieve an effective malaria vaccine, due to the complexity of the parasite and its ability to adapt and evolve. According to the World Health Organization, in 2013 there were no less than 198 million cases of malaria worldwide. Many of these are fatal.

Equatorial Guinea is leading the launch of this vaccine with support from the Government and through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy. Equally important is the contribution and support of the Program for Malaria, an NGO with financial support from the Ministry of Mines, and private companies working in Equatorial Guinea such as Marathon, Noble Energy, Atlantic Methanol and EGLNG.

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has invested considerable technical and material efforts to combat malaria. For example, the Executive invested approximately three million US dollars in 2013 for the Program to Combat Malaria, with which it has contributed decisively to the massive reduction of infection on the island of Bioko.

Following the success of vaccination, the heads of this medical team and institutions working on the project celebrated the event with a special ceremony, in which the heads of the various institutions expressed the importance of the moment and highlighted the work done.

The first PfSPZ vaccine trial in Equatorial Guinea will continue over the next year, with additional injections and follow-up visits.

Source: Marathon
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Milam Tang represents the Chairman of the Conference of the Economy of Egypt

March 16th , 2015 → 11:27 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 16, 2015

The First Vice President of the Republic of Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang, traveled to Egypt, representing the Head of State, to attend the Conference on Consolidation and Development of the Egyptian economy. During his journey, he held several meetings.

The First Vice President of the Republic of Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang, traveled to Egypt on behalf of the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to participate in the Conference on Consolidation and Development of the Egyptian Economy, organized under the auspices of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which was held between March 13 and 15 in Sharm el Sheikh, in the south of the Sinai Peninsula.

The conference is part of the action plan of the new Egyptian government towards the development of the country in the short term, to attract the attention of investors and the international community to achieve the recovery of the national economy.

Over twenty heads of state and delegations were present at the opening ceremony of the conference. The participants in the ceremony agreed to hope for an Egypt free of conflict, finally overcoming the problems the country has experienced in recent years. They all expressed their willingness to support the country in its economic, social and political recovery.

Meetings of various kinds

Also, during his stay in Egypt, Milam Tang granted separate audiences to Egyptian businessmen interested in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Accompanied by the Minister of Economy, Planning and Public Investment, Conrado Okenve Ndoho, and by Eustaquio Nseng Esono, Equatorial Guinean Ambassador accredited in Cairo, among others, the Head of Presidential Affairs first received Awad Tag El Din, President of the Egyptian company ACDEMA and former Minister of Health. With him he reviewed the project of creating a drug production industry in our country.

After hearing the proposal presented by Tag El Din, the First Vice President recalled that the Government of Equatorial Guinea works on the Economic Action Plan Horizon 2020, the first phase of which has been completed, and that this new project could be framed in the second phase of industrialization in Equatorial Guinea.

Milam Tang also held a meeting with Mohammed Mohsen Salah, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arab Contractors, an Egyptian company established in Equatorial Guinea for over a decade.

The meeting provided the opportunity to convey to the Egyptian side the condolences of the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, of the Equatorial Guinean government and people for the death of Ashraf Rateb, who was the director of this company in Malabo during the last decade and who recently passed away.

The Vice President said that the Government wants to continue working with the company and encouraged the heads of Arab Contractors to diversify their investments in other productive sectors.

Text and photos: Luis Felipe Rondo (Press office of First Vice President)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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