Equatorial Guinea And Spain Agree To Increase Air Traffic Between Madrid And Malabo

December 2nd, 2012 @ // 20 Comments

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov. 30, 2012 — Ceiba Intercontinental and Iberia will operate a total of 15 flights per week.

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The governments of Equatorial Guinea and Spain recently signed an agreement to increase the number of passenger flights on the Malabo-Madrid route operated by Equatorial Guinea’s national airline, Ceiba Intercontinental, to eight flights per week. Ceiba currently operates three flights per week.

Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Equatorial Guinea, and Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, signed the agreement on Wednesday, November 28.

Ceiba Intercontinental made its historic first intercontinental flight on October 4 from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to Madrid. Ceiba is currently servicing the route with a newly acquired Boeing 777 aircraft. Spain’s airline, Iberia, recently announced it will increase the Malabo-Madrid route from three to seven flights per week.

Lufthansa and Air France offer service between Malabo and Frankfurt and Paris, respectively. Malabo is also served by royal Air Maroc and Ethiopian Airlines. Ceiba offers service from Malabo and Bata to several destinations in Africa.

This agreement reflects the growth of the economy and the increased business activity in Equatorial Guinea, which is centered largely around petroleum and natural gas production. The government of Equatorial Guinea has launched a development plan with the goal of creating a sustainable and more diversified economy by 2020.

About Equatorial Guinea The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica 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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Equatorial Guinea Continues To Enhance National Progress With New Tourist Complex – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

January 12th, 2012 @ // One Comment

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President Obiang Looks ahead to Economic Growth and Development

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea presided over the inauguration of the new tourist resort in the mainland city of Bata on December 29. The new tourist resort, Elik Melen, is the latest project in the government’s plan to build a tourism infrastructure in the West African country.

In his remarks, President Obiang said the new tourist complex is one of many recent projects the country has supported to develop its political, economical and social sectors. He stressed his commitment to ensure Equatorial Guinea is recognized as a safe and stable country in the international community.

In his speech, President Obiang shared his plan to support additional improvements to national industries and encouraged national banks to provide needed private capital. He then congratulated Lucas Nguema Esono Mbang, who helped acquire financial support from banking institutions to build the tourist complex, and called on all citizens to carry on similar projects.

To bring the ceremony to a close, the Bishop of the Diocese of Bata, Juan Matogo Oyana blessed the resort. President Obiang followed by cutting the ribbon and inviting the guests to visit the different facilities at the hotel.

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January 4th, 2012 @ // 314 Comments

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The event was presided over by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue, and was attended by Prime Minister and Head of Government, Ignacio Milam Tang and various church, civil and military authorities.
The inauguration, which took place last Thursday, was also attended by the Minister of Information and Tourism and the Spokesman of the Government, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, who expressed his satisfaction regarding “this ceremony which is a joy for the sector and is crowned by the presence of the Head of State”, who he described as “a great driver of the national tourism sector, conceived as an alternative support to the economy.”

After highlighting the major challenges that our country has faced, such as the successful holding of the African Union Summit and other international events that have been the revival of the political, economic and social projection, designed by the President of Equatorial Guinea and identified in the Horizon 2020 program, the Minister stated that this policy has given recognition to Equatorial Guinea in the international community as a serious, safe and stable country.

For his part, the President of the Republic congratulated “the promoter of this project, Lucas Nguema Esono Mbang, for this initiative and the banking institutions for their financial contribution to the realization of the construction of this tourist complex.”

He also appealed to the citizens of Equatorial Guinea to mimic such projects that contribute to the country’s economic development, because “one cannot be patriotic without showing love for his country” while expressing his readiness to support the plans to increase the ability of national companies.

Finally, after extending his good wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year 2012, he invited the banks operating in the country to support domestic private enterprise to collaborate with the economic development in Equatorial Guinea.

The ceremony continued with the blessing of the new resort, Elik Melen, by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bata, Juan Matogo Oyana and the cutting of the inaugural ribbon by the President of the Republic, and then the visit the different facilities of the hotel.

At the end of the ceremony, guests attended the reception organized by the Nguema Esono Mbang family.

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Africa Cup of Nations ticket prices released – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

December 15th, 2011 @ // 9 Comments

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General admission tickets to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations have gone on sale.

The tickets are available inhe host nations of the competition, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, the Local Organising Committee said.

The high commissioner of the COCAN in Gabon, Christian Kerangall, gave the list of ticket prices for the Amitie Sino-Gabonaise stadium in Libreville and the Renovation stadium in Franceville, across the different levels of the competition due to kick off on January 21 next year.

“Tickets for the group stage for grandstand and lateral will be 5,000 francs CFA (7.65 euros) flat both in Libreville and Franceville, while the VIP stands will be at 30,000 frs (46 euros) in Libreville and 20,000 frs (31 euros) in Franceville,” he said.

In the quarter-finals, grandstands and lateral will cost 10,000 frs (15.5 euros) in Libreville and 6,000 frs (9.5 euros) in Franceville. VIPs are 40,000 frs (61.5 euros) and 50,000 frs (76.5 euros) in Libreville and 20,000 frs (31 euros) in Franceville.

Tickets to the semi-finals in both cities for grandstands and lateral are 30,000 frs (46 euros) and 20,000 frs (31 euros) respectively, while VIPs will pay between 60,000 frs (92 euros) and 80,000 (122.5 euros) in Libreville and Franceville.

The final of the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is in Libreville on February 12 at the Amitie Sino-Gabonaise stadium.

Ticket prices are 30,000 frs (46 euros) for lateral and 50,000 frs (76.5 euros) for grandstands, with VIP stands at 80,000 frs (122 euros) and 100,000 frs (153 euros).

Kerangall also announced that entry visas will start to be issued from December 20, and will be based on CAF accreditation confirmation letters.

The special multiple-entry visa is valid for 45 days for entry into both Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, he said.

Visitors from countries that do not have embassies of the host nations will have their visas issued at the port of entry.

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Djibloho – Equatorial Guinea’s Future Capital City – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

November 29th, 2011 @ // 3 Comments

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master plan

Located on the , the new capital city will be built in order to fulfill the President’s dream. The new capital city will be the attraction for an estimated 160.000 inhabitants and will extend for 8.150 Hectares. The concept is characterized by modernity and respect by the country’s cultural roots, optimizing its identity and the richness of the ecosystem where it belongs. Sustainability is also a privileged feature in every strand. The concept, by IDF-Ideias do Futuro, has its origin in the fusion between the river and the orthogonal matrix represented by the road net, in progress. More images and architects’ description after the break.

city block 01

The future administrative capital will be located in Wele-Nzas, between the cities of Bata and Mongomo and only 20 Km away from the new Mongomeyen airport. The city will be served by the national road net. Djibloho is characterized by the dense equatorial forest that surrounds it and by the strong presence of the river Wele.

city block 02

This concept is materialized by the strong presence of a green structure and the use, but also preservation, of the natural watercourses where the main infrastructures and the recreational facilities will be located along (urban parks, cemeteries, zoo, botanical garden, sports park and golf course). Djibloho will extend for 8.150 Hectares and is developed in an orthogonal matrix that takes advantage of the existing road net. This matrix allows the easy connection of the city center with the rest of the nearby villages.

cultural center

Four main streets are created to structure the traffic flow and to locate a great variety of infrastructures. One of these main streets is Av. de la Justicia (Justice Av.), with 81m width and 3.629m length is inspired by the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. This avenue is the main Urban Life Axis and has its climax in the presidential palace. This is where the city’s heart is located, gathering several 6 storey high buildings for offices, commerce, public facilities and housing that correspond to a diverse range of urban activities. Overlooking this avenue, we can observe the cathedral reached by a funicular.

library

Parallel to this avenue, close by the river Wele, is the Nature Axis where several cultural and leisure facilities are situated. They are strategically located in order to take the most of the natural elements, specially the proposed lagoon that results from the rivers enlargement. Although the entire plan proposes multi-function spaces, it consists of specialized areas where some activities are predominant.

harbor

The Administrative Area consists of the Presidential Palace and Presidential Guard, along with the Government Ministries, the Parliament and the Supreme Court culminating at Av. de la Paz (Peace Av.) and a wide garden. Nearby this area we can find the Embassies neighborhood. Concerning the residential areas, the plan proposes the creation of three different areas for three different types of rents: high rents, middle rents and public housing.

high rent housing

The first area is situated in a privileged riverfront surrounded by a wide green area. The midrange dwellings are located in the city center, not far from an agricultural area where community vegetable gardens can be found. Next to the industrial area and the technology center is situated the public housing, set Northeast and Southeast from the plan. These residential areas aim to promote neighborhood units composed by a large diversity of facilities from commerce to health, sports, educational, cultural and religious facilities. With the purpose of respecting the people’s traditions and culture, in each city block are proposed quality public spaces.

middle rent housing

In the new capital city a university unit will be placed nearby the technology center that aspires to have great significance in Africa. In order to fulfill the significant energy supply a city like this will surely need, it’s proposed the construction of a solar photovoltaic power station that would produce 156 GWh per year. It is also predictable the construction of a barrage, located 30 Km downstream. Reinforcing the need of maximizing the use of solar energy, it is proposed the installation of photovoltaic panels in several city buildings. Water and waste will also be treated with ecological technologies. To promote the city’s tourist potential, a Formula 1 circuit is considered in the city plan.

multi-purpose building

The city’s structure presents several centralities including cultural, tourist, religious, administrative, educational, sports, health, commercial and recreational facilities that express the concern of preserving the local landform: the river, the watercourses and the vegetation that surrounds and penetrates them.

opera house

Due to its climatic features and the rivers proximity, the plan provides several measures to prevent the predictable floods. This situation must yet be fully studied.

– The creation of retention basins
– The protection of the margins natural vegetation
– The protection of the watercourses adjacent areas
– A barrage construction
– The construction of a canal to divert the excess water

social housing

These are the main features we have conceived for the future Equatorial-Guinea capital city. A place that protects the surrounding nature (the river, the watercourses and the existing vegetation), where public facilities are sophisticated and the concern with the environment real. This will promote Djibloho as a modern city, a new attraction for the population due to its ecological structure and capacity to achieve a sustainable way of living that will make all the country proud.

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Equatorial Guinea is ‘nearly ready’ to host Nations Cup – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

August 17th, 2011 @ // One Comment

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A hotel complex near Malabo, Equatorial Guinea Much of the work needed for the Africa Cup of Nations was done in the build-up to the recent African Union summit in the capital Malabo

Equatorial Guinea’s sports minister says the country has nearly completed all the work it needs to do before co-hosting the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Equatorial Guinea are holding the tournament with neighbours Gabon, and Ruslan Nsue Obiang says work in his country is “97 percent” complete.

“Equatorial Guinea is nearly ready for the Cup of Nations,” the minister said.

The tournament kicks-off on 21 January in Equatorial Guinea with the final in Gabon on 12 February.

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Equatorial Guinea is nearly ready for the Africa Cup of Nations

Ruslan Nsue Obiang Minister of Youth and Sports

The minister is also the chairman of the Nations Cup organising committee in Equatorial Guinea and said the country’s hosting of the recent African Union summit had helped in preparations.

“The hotels in Malabo are already ok, with the African Union summit that we held last month – you could see the capacity we have in Malabo,” he said.

“In Bata (on the mainland) we’re dealing with the accommodation, which was more of a problem, but Equatorial Guinea is nearly ready for the Africa Cup of Nations.”

The minister praised the relationship between his country and co-hosts Gabon.

“If Equatorial Guinea is organising the Cup it is thanks to Gabon, because it was Gabon who proposed that we co-host it,” he told the BBC.

2012 Nations Cup key dates

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  • September 2006 – Equatorial Guinea and Gabon named as co-hosts
  • November 2008 – Equatorial Guinea host African Women’s Championship
  • July 2011 – Malabo is host city for African Union summit
  • 29 October 2011 – draw for 2012 Nations Cup in Malabo
  • 21 January 2012 – opening game in Malabo
  • 12 February 2012 – final in Libreville, Gabon

“There’s always been a good understanding between the two states and the two organising committees – we’re working together pretty well.”

The minister was speaking in Portugal after a friendly match between Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, which was won 4-1 by Guinea-Bissau.

He said that Equatorial Guinea’s coach, Frenchman Henri Michel, was being given strong backing to try and get the team to perform well at their own tournament.

“He’s motivated and he’s seen potential in Equatorial Guinea and we’re working to give him every chance, so that we can have success,” Obiang said.

Equatorial Guinea’s next challenge on the road to the tournament is a friendly against much-improved Burkina Faso.

The draw for the competition takes place in Malabo on 29 October.

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A new destination in Equatorial Guinea – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

August 8th, 2011 @ // 4 Comments

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Air France continues to develop its offer in Africa and starting on 29 September 2011, the airline will begin operating flights to Bata (Equatorial Guinea) out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

A port city located near the Gulf of Guinea, Bata will be served with two weekly frequencies on Thursdays and Fridays, as a continuation of the Malabo service.

Flights will be operated by Airbus A319 Dedicate aircraft with a seating capacity of 79 seats: 28 in Business and 51 in Voyageur cabin classes. These flights will offer the “Dedicate” service, a product designed to make travel easier for oil industry and construction professionals and business people and tailored to the specific expectations of certain African markets.

As the country’s economic capital, Bata is the second city served by Air France in Equatorial Guinea, after Malabo.

During summer 2011, Air France and KLM offer their customers access to a network of 38 destinations in Africa. 

Flight times:

Paris-CDG – Bata: Departure at 10:40 – Arrival at 18:10
Bata – Paris-CDG: Departure at 20:05 – Arrival at 06:10 the next day

Discover all the latest Air France news in real time wherever you are on the free iPhone application on the corporate website and on smartphones at http://mobile-corporate.airfrance.com/en

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Sofitel expands hotel offering in Equatorial Guinea – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

June 15th, 2011 @ // 9 Comments

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Sofitel expands hotel offering in Equatorial Guinea

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has confirmed it will open its second location in Equatorial Guinea, on Bioko Island in Africa.

Set to the east of Malabo, a cosmopolitan capital and tropical paradise, the Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf is designed both for business and leisure travellers.

The new location features contemporary glass architecture, set in a natural environment with spectacular golf course and views of Mount Cameroon.

The Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf has 200 luxurious rooms, including ten suites, combining French furnishings and African colour, creating elegant rooms defined by contrasts.

Business

The lively, cosmopolitan capital of Malabo offers a winning combination of sun, sea, nature and culture.

The city’s dynamic culture and economy have made it a top destination for conferences.

Ideally located in the business district, the Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf is the perfect place for businessmen. The hotel is near the international conference centre, downtown and the airport.

Restaurants & Bars

The Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf features 5 different settings devoted to African and French cuisine.

Le Voyageur restaurant offers the best of gourmet French dining with an extensive wine selection. The atmosphere of the restaurant is set off with geometric patterns, modern furnishings and works of art on the walls.

Meanwhile, Lâ Equateur honours the local specialties. The restaurant offers a relaxed, warm-hued ambiance and an unparalleled view of the beach and ocean.

Named in honour of Equatorial Guinea’s cocoa plantations, Le Cacaoyer perfectly reflects the spirit of Bioko Island with its sparkling lights and rainbow of cocktails.

This restaurant is the perfect location to admire the sunset.

Cool down with a drink at Lâ Horacio, the pool bar, or finally relax at Le 19, located in the golf clubhouse, which is a hub of activity for business and sports men.
Wellness and Leisure

The Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf is an outstanding destination for any golfer, featuring an 18-hole course in the magnificent setting of tropical forests and mangroves.

The hotel is also devoted to relaxation, with a luxurious pool, a lounge on the beach and a footbridge that leads to a private island.

Finally, the So Fit offers high-end fitness equipment, personal trainers, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

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Equatorial Guinea Launches website for the African Union Summit – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

June 9th, 2011 @ // No Comments

 

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Equatorial Guinea has Launched a website for the 17th African Union Summit to assist potential delegates find relevant information and familiarise themselves with the summit programme line-up.

The website is available on http://africanunionsummit.com/

The 17th AU Summit will be held in Malabo from June 23 to July 1 2011. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development.”  Information and news about the country can also be found at www.equatorialguineaonline.com

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Hilton Hotels Opens Malabo Property in Equatorial Guinea – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts expanded its global portfolio to 78 countries with the opening of its first hotel in Equatorial Guinea — Hilton Malabo. Located between Equatorial Guinea’s capital city and the International Airport, Hilton Malabo features 187 rooms, including 12 suites. The opening marks the second new country entered by the brand in three days following the opening of Hilton Windhoek in Namibia on May 28.

Hilton Malabo offers two restaurants and a bar, while recreation facilities include a Hilton Fitness by Precor fitness center, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool with its own pool bar and grill. The hotel has a dedicated conference wing with six multipurpose meeting rooms, a boardroom, a ballroom that seats more than 450 people and a fully equipped business center. The opening of Hilton Malabo follows the recent opening of Hilton Windhoek, the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in Namibia. Hilton Worldwide now has 51 hotels across the Middle East and Africa — seven of which have opened this year. For more information about Hilton Malabo, visit www.hilton.com.

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