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.
The delegation led by Crisantos Obama
with Ruhakana Rugunda.
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