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Equatortial Guinea 2012: A year of challenges, a year of success

posted by  – December 31st, 2012

Of all these challenges, surely the most momentous was the final approval of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in Life Sciences. But also the celebration in our country of major events such as the Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, which gathered in Equatorial Guinean lands leaders and international figures in greater numbers than at any other time in our history. And of course, the launching of the two competitions of the African Cup of Nations, one of which -the Women’s- also ended with the resounding victory of the national team. Therefore, 2012 can be seen as the year of consolidation in organizing large events.

Two high impact events, with many important members of the African-American diaspora as the protagonists and co-organizers were held in the Conference Center of Sipopo (Malabo): the Sullivan Foundation Summit, which took place during August, and the Community Leaders International Conference, in October.

As regards major economic meetings, the Conference of Oil and Gas in the Gulf of Guinea was held in June and the 14th Ministerial Forum of Gas Exporting Countries in November. On a national level, especially noteworthy was the Labor Conference in Equatorial Guinea, which opened on September 29, during which the problems of the current labor relations in the country were studied.

In high international politics, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo maintained a relentless and tireless activity that led him to travel around the world and hold meetings at the highest level: the African Union Summit, where he transferred powers as Chairman to Thomas Boni Yayi, his counterpart from Benin , or the Rio+20 Summit in June in Brazil, where he proposed the creation of an African agency for sustainable development and, in November, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

With regard to national policy, a pivotal moment was the celebration of the 5th Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), which began with a special session on women. During the Congress, the President of the Nation. H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was reelected again as a candidate in the next election.

In relation to Africa’s largest sporting event, the CAN 2012 in the Men’s and Women’s modalities, also had the luxury venues of the large stadiums in our country.

The people of Equatorial Guinea vibrated with the magic of this major sport; during the matches of both championships, fans took to the streets when the Men’s Nzalang surprised friends and strangers by reaching the quarterfinals in the championship held in January. And although they were not able to qualify for the final, the entrance of the team into this stage of the competition was a pleasant and unexpected surprise for almost everyone.

But the excitement of the fans peaked when the girls of the Women’s Nzalang, the top players of Africa, conquered indisputably, undefeated, without a rival at their level and for the second time, the African Cup of Nations returned to crown our players as the best, without question, of the entire African continent.

Finally, it was also a year of sad goodbyes: the sculptor Leandro Mbomio, who died after a long illness, at 74 years of age, and the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó, who died while still working. Abia Biteo, former Prime Minister and one of the most representative figures of the political transition in Equatorial Guinea, was bid farewell in the Parliament in Malabo, during the tribute attended by the President and the entire Government. – December 31st, 2012


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