Meeting of the FEGUIJUDO

January 6th , 2015 → 1:16 pm @

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The national president of the Equatorial Guinean Judo Federation (FEGUIJUDO), Jose Nguema Biyogo, the provincial secretary of Litoral, Damaso Oyono Mboho, and the provincial coach, Diosdado Envo Edoho, among others, met on the afternoon of Monday, December 29, at the Nkoantoma Stadium Sports Center in Bata.

This meeting aimed to make delivery of necessary materials, and coordinate new exhibitions organized by the FEGUIJUDO, which may be presented at the next competition of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2015 Equatorial Guinea.

At the same time, during the meeting information was provided about the project called Judo for Peace, with the participation of thirty judokas from different modalities and the male and female categories. The project lasts three years and is funded by the Equatorial Guinean Government and the International Judo Federation.

In this event, Nguema Biyogo delivered a total of three hundred kimonos to young judokas, and during his speech, he referred to the support that judo is receiving from the Executive. He also recalled the figure of the Spanish champion Francisco Olivenza, who has announced his upcoming visit to Equatorial Guinea to support the aforementioned project.

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

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A Growing Partnership

January 6th , 2015 → 1:05 pm @

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Thanks to heightened interest of the private sector and strong diplomatic work done by EG, the ties between both countries have strengthened in the past 10 years.   That Equatorial Guinea is an oil-rich country with whom friendly relations are deemed highly convenient is no secret. That Equatorial Guinea is a country that has made gigantic steps forward in terms of socio-economic development is, perhaps, known to a much lesser extent. President Teodoro Obiang has been in power since the late 1970s, for many the head of state of this West African, Spanish-speaking nation represents continuity and stability. President Obiang is a leader with a pro-business attitude, and has opened the way for numerous profitable, win-win situations with foreign investors. And it is, to a good extent, these business relationships in combination with EG’s newfound petrodollars that are enabling and even expediting improvements in living conditions. The challenge that lies ahead is great. Nevertheless, progress is being made. Between 2000 and 2012, EG rose by 14.2 points in the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Index of African Governance (IIAG) Human Development rating. Overall it ranks 27th out of 52 countries, yet the leap ahead makes it the seventh fastest developer, tying with Botswana. In the IIAG Sustainable Economic Opportunity index, EG rose by 10.8 points which put it at number 42 overall, but 10th most improved. Meanwhile, the IIAG Roads Indicator, which measures road network and quality of roads, found Equatorial Guinea to be one of the most improved countries in Africa since 2000. Speaking of EG’s recent infrastructure development, the President says: “We are building roads in the island of Annobon to allow movement of people. Annobon is practically a rock, and there we have invested heavily in building a deep-sea port. We have built an airport, part of which is virtually on the sea. We have also built an airport in the island of Corisco. I think Corisco is going to be a profitable zone because we are turning a little paradisiacal island into a tourist spot. Now we are getting ready to build hotels.” Tourism is one of the sectors on which the Obiang administration is pinning high hopes. The President says EG is preparing the infrastructure and hopes to link up with travel agencies who can bring groups. Paperwork will be simplified and tourists will be able to pick up their visas directly in the airport upon arrival. “Naturally, our country will give a warm welcome to those who come and visit,” says Mr. Obiang. Purificación Angue Ondo, former Equatoguinean  Ambassador to the U.S., adds that “tourism also would allow people to get to know and understand our country and our people and how we live.” The visa process is also simplified for investors. In fact, as the largest single foreign investor in EG, all United States passport holders may enter on short visits without a visa. Friendly ties with EG are certainly in America’s best interest, given the former’s vast oil and natural gas supplies (which were discovered in the 1990s thanks to a Texan oil captain’s persistence). Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, Equatorial Guinea ranked 36th and 47th in crude oil and natural gas production, respectively, in 2012. The U.S. is one of the largest markets for Guinean oil; in 2012, it imported 41,000 barrels of crude per day from the West African country. The trade balance with the U.S. has been in EG’s favor since 2000, when it reversed the 1999 deficit of $177.7 million into a surplus of $59.1 million. Bilateral trade that year totaled a mere $250.3 million. In 2013, total trade hit $1.65 billion, with a surplus in EG’s favor of $142.3 million. This was nothing compared to the previous year’s bilateral trade of $1.93 billion, with the African country a massive $1.46 billion ahead. While oil consistently comprises the bulk of EG’s exports, the Obiang administration would like to see more diversification in its economic sectors and set forth the Horizon 2020 plan namely for that reason. Says Ms. Angue Ondo, “Through large oil companies, the U.S. has invested a lot of money in EG. But we are trying to make them see that there are other sectors we would like to boost interest in among American investors, such as fishing in Annobon and agriculture on Bioko, a volcanic island.” For the President, Horizon 2020 is a program that “will place Equatorial Guinea among the roster of emerging markets by the year 2020”, by raising self-sufficiency and encouraging new industries and enhancing existing ones

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Farewell of the Cuban diplomats

December 30th , 2014 → 11:19 am @

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The counselor of the Embassy of Cuba in Equatorial Guinea, Raul Gonzalez Ala and the Third secretary, Luisa Constantin Torres, were seen off on December 26, after completing their diplomatic mission in our country, in a ceremony presided by Ambassador Pedro Doña Santana.

The farewell ceremony of the counselor and the third secretary of the Embassy of Cuba took place on Friday night, December 26, at the embassy in Malabo.

During the ceremony, the new counselor, Alina Aldana Inniss was presented. Ambassador Pedro Doña Santana spoke to say that the Cuban government will continue moving forward with the updating of its economic model, to build a prosperous and sustainable socialism:“Cubans and Equatorial Guineans are doing it together, two brother peoples united by solidarity, friendship and the historic ties that unite us.”

Also, Doña Santana expressed his thanks for the congratulations received at the embassy due to the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States; and recognized that the economic, commercial and financial blockade remains the main obstacle to the progress of their country.

The ambassador concluded by wishing success and strengthening of bilateral relations between Equatorial Guinea and Cuba.

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Introducing the new Boeing of Ceiba Intercontinental

December 30th , 2014 → 11:12 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com  December 30th, 2014

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo presided over the presentation of two new aircraft of the national airline, Ceiba Intercontinental, which took place on Monday, December 29, at the Bata International Airport.

The ceremony was attended by the First Vice President for Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang, the Delegate Minister of the Civil Aviation, Fausto Abeso Fuma, the Ombudsman, Marcelino Nguema Onguene, and the Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, among others.

The presentation of the new company planes of Equatorial Guinean took place on Monday, December 29, at the presidential terminal of the Bata International Airport, where many national authorities traveled and the opportunity to access the inside of these modern aircraft acquired by Ceiba Intercontinental.

The event also had the speech of the President of the Republic and the Delegate Minister of Civil Aviation, Fausto Abeso Fuma. At the end of the speeches, they proceeded to cut the inaugural ribbon, and then the authorities visited the aircraft: the Boeing 767-300, named Kie-Ntem, with capacity for 240 passengers and the Boeing 737-800, called Evinayong, with 146 seats.

These planes will supplement the fleet of the Equatorial Guinean company, which currently has nine planes.

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The foreign companies have transformed EG

December 30th , 2014 → 11:04 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com December 30th, 2014
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A one-on-one interview with Teodoro Obiang offers insight on how relations between EG and the U.S. have helped transform the country.

 

What would you say are the determining factors behind the boom Africa is currently enjoying?

Historically, the African continent has been a tricky area in terms of economic growth, due in great part to the fact that most of the countries were colonized and therefore their economies were dependent. With time however, African leaders have come to understand what is necessary in order to improve living conditions. They’ve truly made an effort, collaborating with international organizations, for instance.

Nevertheless, many difficulties remain. For example, Africa is lacking still in human capital that can improve the economic and professional conditions in their countries. Equatorial Guinea, formerly the poorest country on the continent, has worked with both Guineans who’ve returned from the Diaspora and with foreigners, and little by little we’ve improved conditions, thanks also to the exploitation of natural resources like petroleum.

Here in EG, the country keeps 30% of the oil wealth, while the remaining 70% goes to the multinationals, most of which are American. That’s why we must try to put our 30% to the best use possible to instigate changes. What you see in the country are transformations that have been done through programs and planning.

Nevertheless, elsewhere in Africa there is still a strong neo-colonial influence and many other African nations are still under pressure from old colonial powers. I believe that the vision of Africa today is that we must transform it and put an end to its rating as the poorest continent in the world. Unfortunately, there are still countries that cannot evolve independently because they’re still suffering from neo-colonialism.

In what ways do you think EG has changed as a result of its three milestones: the 1968 independence, the 1979 Coup for Freedom, and the beginning of oil production in 1995?

We are working for our country and with support from the people. I’ve been president for a long time because it’s what the voters have wanted. But we’re updating the team. At the state level, we’re incorporating young people into government positions. For example in Parliament and Senate, the majority are university graduates. The majority of the administrative team are also young.

Can you believe that when I became president, there weren’t even five university graduates? Now, we have more than 1,000 professionals. That means we’ve been working hard and that’s why so many professionals and intellectuals are proud of how our country is turning out.

As you explained at February’s Emerging Equatorial Guinea Symposium, the aim of the second phase of the government’s Horizon 2020 is to develop the economy through private initiative and encourage national and foreign investors to invest in Guinea.

I can assure you that the transformation that our country is experiencing now is due to the foreign companies operating here. They take care of building roads, businesses and structures. In this sense, the objective of Horizon 2020 now is to enable us to become self-sufficient and live off our own production and thus avoid economic dependence. Because when a country imports, it runs the risk of not maintaining its capital, and this in turn, weakens the national currency.

And so, we need to develop our industries and see what raw materials we can transform to become more self-sufficient. Take cement, for example. It’s a product in high demand with all the construction taking place, but we can’t build the nation with imported cement. We should have as a base a cement production industry, and that way we could keep more of our capital at home. The same goes for other products that could contribute to our self-sufficiency.

What have you done to mitigate risk for those making large investments?

As for assuring our partners, we’ve established a fund so that when an investor brings his or her money, the government can also collaborate in the business. The reason for the fund is to assure investors that their money is safe, they won’t lose it. Because investors will always be wary, especially with such large sums. The government supports them and gives full guarantees that they will recover all capital invested.

How important is it to let the world know about your accomplishing of the Horizon 2020 targets? And how important is it that the international community recognizes Guinea’s development and progress?

There are, shall we say, “circles of pressure” who do not like EG’s politics and so they present a negative image of the country in the international press. There are many people who rely entirely on what the press says and they don’t have the time to come here and see what’s really happening. So they go on with a distorted image of the country and think it’s a dictatorship. They say there is corruption, human rights violations, no transparency. They call it many things that don’t truly represent the reality of EG today.

All of the changes you see – the new roads and buildings, the excellent hospitals, the universities – they are not the product of cooperation, but rather investments that the government has brought in. All the steps we’re taking and efforts we’re making really should make the world recognize this as a good government.

Considering Guinea is a former Spanish colony, you don’t have as many commercial ties with Spain as one might expect. How should the international community view the long-lasting and positive relations your government holds with some of the most important American companies on a worldwide level?

I’ll tell you one thing: for building better relations between countries, it is the relationship between private entities that really count. Even though the U.S. government wasn’t interested in EG, when we invited private enterprises, oil companies for example, to come, it was they who have strengthened the ties we have with America.

It is the private sector that pressures the government into improving state relations. And that’s why we have such excellent, privileged relations with the U.S. President Obama knows Equatorial Guinea, he knows the benefits of working with us, and that is thanks to the policies of private companies.

We’ve always naturally given Spain preferential treatment in many aspects, but this hasn’t always worked out. In the oil industry, for example, we originally awarded Spanish companies all the concessions, both onshore and offshore. After 10 years of studies and exploration, they announced we didn’t have any oil. I knew that was impossible. So, we mutually called off the agreements. Then an American came, just one man and his boss, Mr. Walter. Within six months they declared that we had petroleum. Although those 10 years with the Spanish were largely a waste of time, on the bright side, our oil was discovered right around the time the price of oil had shot up.

Being the sole Spanish-speaking country in Africa, what are your dealings like with Latin America in terms of economy, culture and diplomacy?

Firstly, many Latin American countries don’t even know we exist. They have no idea there’s a Spanish-speaking country in Africa. Spain’s policy was to neutralize and even hide this colony so nobody ever heard about us. Many find it hard to believe that what is today called Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) was in fact our brainchild. We held the first meeting here in Bata around 1984. Spain offered to take over and hold the next conference, but that never materialized.

Then, when the OIE was established, Guinea was excluded, up until 2009. However, we did host the Africa-South America (ASA) forum last year. When the representatives from the South American nations came, everyone was surprised. They asked, “How is it possible that in Africa there’s a country where people speak perfect Spanish?” That’s our predicament, we’re orphans. Spain should be the one to introduce to us to the Spanish-speaking world as we share roots. But Spain hasn’t wanted to do so.

We must all open up and recognize each other’s existence and possibilities, and we’re going to do this without Spain’s help.

Now we’ve opened a second university called Universidad Afroamericana. We’re going to give Latin students scholarships to come and study here. A degree isn’t just about scholastic lessons; it’s also about culture. When you go to another country you learn about another culture. When the students from Latin America come, many will make friends with Guineans and that will help us form a close-knit family.

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Speech by the President of the National Human Rights Commission

December 12th , 2014 → 12:29 pm @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com December 12th, 2014

Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu, in his capacity as Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Equatorial Guinea, made a speech on December 10 at the Sixty-Sixth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which this year has the theme “Human rights, 365 days a year.”

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The President of the National Commission on Human Rights stated in his speech that Equatorial Guinea is added as a international subject with full rights and a member of the UN in this commemoration which establishes the universal values of the human person.

He also appealed to all the national social calsses to reflect on the importance and scope of respect for human rights in our society, as well as the achievements obtained in achieving a society of peaceful and stable coexistence, thanks to the first defender of these rights, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

He further stated that the Basic Law is the legal framework to ensure coexistence and establishes those fundamental rights in Article 13, which is a pact of coexistence that all must follow in order to continue strengthening our rule of law.

In the same sense of guaranteeing the rights of Equatorial Guineans, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, under Article 123 of the Basic Law, just elected the Ombudsman, which ratified by the President of the Republic the responsibility goven to Marcelino Nguema Onguene. This step placed us in a unique position in regards to respect for human rights for being the first African country to create that figure.

Finally, he took the opportunity to praise the determination of H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to establish a society that is more just, balanced and respectful of human rights.

Attached to this article is the full speech of the President of the National Human Rights Commission of Equatorial Guinea, Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu.

Information: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi (D. G. Base Internet)

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office
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Egypt to send doctors to Equatorial Guinea

December 12th , 2014 → 12:26 pm @

 

 

 

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com December 12th, 2014

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi  (AFP File Photo)

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

The leaders discussed, in particular, economic cooperation.

Al-Sisi praised Equatorial Guinea’s economic development, and pointed to the promising investment opportunities between the two countries. Al-Sisi emphasised the importance of expanding mutual cooperation to include many fields, reported state-owned Al-Ahram.

Obiang requested that a number of Egyptian doctors be sent to Equatorial Guinea for the African Cup of Nations, which was immediately approved by Al-Sisi, Al-Ahram reported.

The two presidents discussed the activity of Egyptian companies in the field of housing, construction and paving roads in Equatorial Guinea and strengthening such economic relations during the following joint commission between the two countries.

During the meeting, Al-Sisi pointed to Egypt’s intention to run for the membership of the UN Security Council for the year 2016/2017.

Obiang praised Egypt’s political and economic reforms, as well as its efforts to achieve development.  Obiang also welcomed the restoration of Egypt’s leading position in Africa, pointing out that Egypt’s stability is the stability of the continent as a whole. Its role should complement its efforts to provide its needs, and that Egypt should cooperate with the countries of the South, and work to maximise the utilisation of natural resources.

On the meeting’s agenda  were issues of regional importance including eradication of terrorism and countering extremist ideas that exploit the conditions of poverty in the continent. The talks also saw the confirmation of the importance of joining the international community’s efforts to combat Ebola in the African continent, and to provide support for countries that suffer from it.

The Egyptian president praised Equatorial Guinea’s support of Egypt in African forums, particularly the African Union. Al-Sisi invited Obiang to participate in the opening of the new Suez Canal Project, as well as to the economic conference which Egypt will host in March 2015.

 

Obiang also extended an invitation to Al-Sisi to visit Equatorial Guinea in the context of the “distinguished friendly relations between the two countries, and to give more support and political momentum to bilateral relations at all levels”.

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SapuraKencana reports slew of Asia Pacific and Africa offshore projects

December 12th , 2014 → 12:19 pm @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com December 12th, 2014

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SapuraKencana Group have been awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately USD 459m across the AsiaPacific and Africa regions

SapuraAcergy, a joint venture company equally owned by SapuraKencana and Subsea 7 has been awarded with a contract from Total E&P Myanmar for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation of the Wellhead Platform 4 and Lower Compression Platform, Pipelines and Cable

Fabrication, Hook-up and Commissioning (FHUC) Division – three contracts with various scope of works with a combined value of approximately USD 206m.

SapuraKencana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kencana HL, has been awarded a contract with Petronas for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of BNJT-K (Baronia) and TTJT-A (Tukau) wellhead platforms (WHP) offshore Sarawak.

The contract is for a duration of 48 months and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2018.

The contract value is approximately RM480 million.

KHL has been awarded a contract for the provision of brownfield works on MDPP, MDB and JKB Platforms for Phase 3 Development Project by Carigali-PTTEPI Operating Company.

The contract is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016 and is valued at approximately USD 26m.

KHL has also been awarded a PCC contract for the Angsi compression module by PCSB.

The contract is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2015.

The contract value is approximately RM140 million.

 

Offshore Construction and Subsea Services (OCSS) Division – three contracts with various scope of works with a combined value of approximately USD 151m.

SapuraKencana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, TL Offshore, has been awarded a contract by Vestigo Petroleum. for the Provision of Transportation and Installation (T&I) of the Central Processing Platform (CPP) for the Tembikai Development.

The Tembikai Oil Project comprises transportation and installation of the CPP “Tembikai Oil” for the development of Tembikai Marginal field located approximately 150km east of Terengganu, Offshore Peninsular Malaysia.

The contract is expected to be completed around March 2015.

The scope of work is valued at approximately USD 12.9m.

SapuraAcergy (Australia), a wholly owned entity of SapuraAcergy, a joint venture company equally owned by SapuraKencana and Subsea 7 has entered into a sub-contract with Heerema Marine Contractors Australia Pty Ltd.

The sub-contract is for the provision of buoyancy tanks removal and disposal for the Chevron Wheatstone project which is located in Wheatstone field, Western Australia. The sub-contract is valued at approximately USD 18.0m.

SapuraAcergy, a joint venture company equally owned by SapuraKencana and Subsea 7 has been awarded with a contract from Total E&P Myanmar for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation of the Wellhead Platform 4 and Lower Compression Platform, Pipelines and Cable.

Contract works for the EPCI2, which is located in Yadana Field, offshore Myanmar, are expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016.

The contract is valued between USD 120m and USD 130m.

 

Drilling Division – two contracts (one contract award and one contract extension) for the provision of offshore drilling rigs and services with a combined value of approximately USD 102m.

SapuraKencana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SapuraKencana Drilling Holdings Ltd, has been awarded a contract by Foxtrot International LDC, a company incorporated in Cayman Islands, whose main place of business activities is in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for the provision of its semi-tender assist drilling rig SKD Alliance, with an option to extend for a further three wells.

Foxtrot intends to utilise SKD Alliance for its development drilling campaign offshore Ivory Coast. The contract is for a period of approximately 400 days commencing February 2015.

SapuraKencana’s wholly owned subsidiary, Seadrill Esperanza Limited, has accepted a three month extension to its contract with Hess Equatorial Guinea for the provision of its semi-tender assist drilling rig West Esperanza.

Hess Equatorial Guinea will continue to use West Esperanza for its development drilling campaign offshore Equatorial Guinea. The extension is for a period of three months commencing around September 2015 until approximately December 2015.

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Presentation of the charity gala Stop Ebola

December 8th , 2014 → 12:53 pm @

posted by: equatorialguinea.com December 8th, 2014

On December 2 a press conference took place in the conference room of the Press Club in the Belgian capital, Brussels, to present the charity dinner to stop Ebola, to be held on December 12, organized by the Association of Wives of African Ambassadors in Belgium (AEEAB), in collaboration with the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels.

During the press conference, the president of the AEEAB, Perseveranda Mangue, wife of the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels, Carmelo Nvono Ncá, provided to the media all the details of the charity dinner of December 12, and launched an awareness message about the serious problem that West Africa is suffering from due to the proliferation of the Ebola virus: “it’s not a problem only in Africa, but it threatens all humanity.”

Perseveranda Mangue was accompanied by the president in Belgium Doctors Without Borders, Meinie Nicola, who explained what the current health situation is in the West African region, prevention methods, measures being taken and training of specialized personnel that is helping to mitigate the effects.

Also present at the press conference were representatives of the embassies of the countries hardest hit by Ebola and beneficiaries of the funds raised at the gala. The directors of the embassies of Liberia and Guinea Conakry, as well as the press attaché of Sierra Leone, offered updated data about their respective countries and preventive measures that their governments are taking.

The AEEAB is giving the final touches to the preparations for the dinner, whose organization is a success. They have already received RSVPs by important guests such as the Director of Sub-Saharan Africa of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, François Cornet, and the Director of Protocol of the Government, Rudy Huygelen, and the State Chief of Protocol of the Royal House.

The event will be hosted by the last Miss Africa Belgium 2014, Esther Tshiaba, and the singer Mori Kante, of Guinea Conakry will be responsible of livening up the evening.

The agenda of charitable activities around this event also covers the charity football match held on December 6.

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White House recognized Equatorial Guinea for AIDS partnership

December 3rd , 2014 → 1:31 pm @

posted by: equitorialguineaonline.com December 3rd, 2014

 

This World AIDS Day, Equatorial Guinea was recognized by The White House, through the presence of American oarsman Victor Mooney. Mr. Mooney became the first African American to row across the Atlantic Ocean, to honor his brother who died of AIDS and to encourage voluntary HIV testing.

 Victor Mooney with H.E. Roman Obama, Charge de Affairs and Dr. Jose MBA Nguema, Second Secretary at Equatorial Guinea Embassy to the United States

Victor Mooney with H.E. Roman Obama, Charge de Affairs and Dr. Jose MBA Nguema, Second Secretary at Equatorial Guinea Embassy to the United States

The oarsman’s vessel, christened The Spirit of Malabo, was sponsored by The Republic of Equatorial Guinea with added support of H.E. Mbasogo Obiang Nuguema, Head of State. The White House event was attended by Secretary of State, John Kerry, National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, PEPFAR Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD and other officials, doctors, ngo’s and advocates.

In remarks, Secretary of State, John Kerry said, “We’re not done yet. That’s the message that comes out of here from the President and from everyone in this Administration. With the commitment of every person in this room, we can achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we can silence the armies of pessimism and cynicism and the indifference who said it could never be done. We can and we will defeat this horrific disease, and I’ll tell you, that is a charge worth fighting to keep”.

Mr. Mooney was later given a proclamation from The White House, which was presented to Equatorial Guinea Embassy officials for H.E. Mbasogo Obiang Nuguema partnership in reaching an AIDS free generation. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.’

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.

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