Posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – October 1, 2012
On Saturday, the presidential couple inaugurated the work of the first Labor Conference, an event that takes place in Sipopo from September 29 to October 1.
-“The Labor Conference in Equatorial Guinea should be a turning point to correct the mistakes of the past and present, so that labor issues can meet the criteria of a productive, profitable and sustainable economy,” stated H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo last Saturday during the opening of the Labor Conference in Equatorial Guinea.
The event was attended by the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the Second Vice President of the Republic, in Charge of Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Chairmen of the constitutional bodies, members of the Government, ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in our country.
The ceremony included speeches by the Mayor of Malabo, Maria Coloma Edjang Mbengono, representatives of the board of employers, the representative of political parties, the representative of the Federation of Youth, Labor Affairs and Youth Associations related to PDGE, as well as the speech of the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Miguel Abia Biteo.
In his speech, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that the labor issue is very delicate in every country, when it is not treated with due care, and “to talk about labor, of employers and workers in a country that is start ing its journey in the development process like Equatorial Guinea is complex and difficult, because it is not about developing labor techniques drawing on the experiences of developed countries, nor adopting the laws by comparative principle, in order to create conditions favorable to workers. We are facing the need to analyze in depth what Equatorial Guinea has been in the past, the present and what it aspires to be in the future.”
“We must analyze and understand what we have in the productive sector, the ability to increase this sector and the effectiveness of available workforce, as well as the possibilities of its increase in the future in order to achieve an approximation of the employment systems and labor regulations that suit our country.”
-“Equatorial Guinea is a country that has begun its journey of development without any financial means,”continued Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, “and it has been difficult to get foreign capital to be established in the country, which has cost and continues to cost sacrifices to the embryonic economy, in lack of the existence in the country of a guild of businessmen able to fund its activities, in addition to the lack of technicians and specialists.”
According to President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, this Conference, which is being held at the initiative of the Second Vice-President in charge of Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, with support from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, is a great opportunity to address all aspects that relate to the topic of labor in Equatorial Guinea, and its subject matter should form the basis for training Equatorial Guineans to work effectively, permanently and profitably, and to encourage their creativity and enable the creation of productive or business activities.