Equatorial Guinea requires secure on-line visa processing

As we reported yesterday, the Government is working against the clock to implement the on-line visa system. On Thursday 26th January, H. E. Nguema Obiang Mangue once again met the inter-ministerial commission and the United Arab Emirates company, VSF Global, at the People’s palace in Malabo, to speed up work on the project that will further open the country’s doors to the world.

With just one click, the tourist can obtain a visa to visit Equatorial Guinea from anywhere in the world. This is the new policy that the Vice-President of the Republic wishes to promote, insisting that any foreigner wanting to travel to the country should not be stifled by a lot of administrative bureaucracy.

On this issue, H. E. Nguema Obiang Mangue is continuing to lead meetings on the on-line visa project, with work this time focusing on payment methods and other security aspects.

According to the website designed by the Emirati company, VFS-Global, the applicant will be able to make the payment via a prepaid card.

Nguema Obiang Mangue is aware that cyber-attacks have left several computer security systems vulnerable. For that reason, he enquired about how the website would guarantee to the Government of Equatorial Guinea and the airline companies that the visa obtained by the tourist was authentic.

The concern of the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers arises following reports about manipulation, theft and subsequent transfer of the Equatorial Guinea GQ domain to a Dutch company, by the French who manage the Orange company in Equatorial Guinea. An action that Nguema Obiang Mangue has described as interference in our system and a blockade on cyberspace progress.

To that end, he has ordered the state lawyers to look into the issue.

The Head of Defence and Security wants Equatorial Guinea to open up to the world to further boost the tourism sector, but insisted that the security of his compatriots and the country’s territorial integrity are non-negotiable.

In the meantime, before the official launch, the member of the Government wants to ensure that any tourist applying for the visa on-line enters Equatorial Guinea legally.

After a detailed review and check that the recommendations made at the working session held on Wednesday had already been included in the project, Nguema Obiang Nguema once again stated that this website should integrate the airlines so that they, in turn, can certify the authenticity of the visas, since the implementation of the on-line visa will not now be effective as of 1st February.

Likewise, from next Monday, Malabo will begin training the technicians who will carry out these services. A proposal for the creation of an on-line visa application will also be made.

All these aspects to improve the implementation of the on-line visa have influenced the decision of the Equatoguinean Executive to delay the date foreseen for its launch, with the aim of being in a position to offer a quality product for Equatorial Guinea, which will contribute towards putting an end to the bureaucratic process that non-nationals have had to undergo in order to obtain an entry visa to Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Bishop of Mongomo visits Equatorial Guinea Embassy in Addis Ababa

The members of the Equatorial Guinea Diplomatic Mission in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia received a surprise visit from Monsignor Juan Domingo Baca, Bishop of Mongomo and President of the Equatorial Guinea Episcopal Conference.

The visit was an opportunity for Monsignor Juan Domingo Baca and his delegation to visit the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Embassy in the Ethiopian capital, a source of pride for the Equatoguinean people.

After being received by the acting Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to Ethiopia, Crisantos Obama Ondo, and the entire team from the Diplomatic Mission, Baca took advantage of the meeting to report on the purpose of his stay in Addis Ababa, within the framework of a continental meeting of the Catholic Church, organised by Vatican senior figures.

Exchanges were followed by a tour of the seven floors that make up the embassy, before the prelate was invited to a working breakfast in the banquet hall of the institution, which began with words from Ambassador Crisantos Obama Ondo, who described the visit by the Monsignor as a blessing both for the building and for the daily work that is carried out in it.

Obama Ondo also described the visit as a clear expression of the will and pastoral commitment of the Bishop of Mongomo based on his humility, closeness and love in the name of God, thus summing up the visit in one word: gratitude.

The Equatorial Guinea Ambassador ended his brief intervention by explaining the working context of the Equatorial Guinea Diplomatic Mission in Ethiopia, as a mixed mission that connects its obligations, both at a bilateral and multilateral level, underlining permanent commitment so that the interests and the voice of Equatorial Guinea are always maintained.

In reply, Monsignor Juan Domingo Beca expressed his pleasant surprise at the warm welcome he had received, while congratulating the diplomatic officials for the daily work they undertake and the successes they had achieved. The Bishop of Mongomo acknowledged that Equatorial Guinea is a small country, but the capacity of its people is enormous.

Juan Domingo Baca concluded his speech by stressing the importance of walking together to achieve goals, recognising the role of the church for dignity as children of God and education in order to ensure social harmony.

The working breakfast concluded with a special prayer in memory of the victims of 7th March 2021 in the city of Bata, and a message of congratulations to the women of Equatorial Guinea to mark 8th March 2023.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Minister for Energy affirms that Bioko will see electricity restored from Friday

H. E. Nguema Obiang Mangue is demanding answers regarding the power outages on the island of Bioko in recent days. For that reason, the Vice-President of the Republic summoned the heads of the Ministries for Industry, Energy and Mines, as well as the Marathon Oil company, in order to give an account to the population.

According to the head of the Energy portfolio, the lack of electricity was due to maintenance being carried out by the company Turbogas.

The minister underlined that to supply the city of Malabo and adjacent neighbourhoods, this company operates three turbines. One of them is being overhauled and was replaced by a new one, which unfortunately broke down on the 24th of this month, causing the outages.

However, Miguel Ekua Ondo stated that the company is working on a solution, and everything could be back to normal as of Friday 27th January.

H. E. Nguema Obiang Mangue, in his desire to improve the quality of life of his citizens, instructed the minister to devise a plan B in order to prevent these or similar problems from happening in the future.

On the same day, the Equatoguinean Vice-President met the Minister for the Interior, the Mayor of Malabo, and the director of the Somagec company, to inquire about the increase in rubbish that has been seen in the streets in recent months.

For his part, the Minister for the Interior explained that the increase in litter was due to the state of disrepair and insufficient working material.

The Vice-President of the Council of Ministers believes that in order to guarantee the effectiveness of rubbish collection services, it is necessary to privatise the company Guinea Limpia, as only in this way will the country regain its reputation as one of the cleanest countries in Africa.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Minister for Information, Press and Radio reports resignation of Executive

As is customary following the Council of Ministers meeting, the Minister for Information, Press and Radio and Government Spokesperson, Virgilio Seriche Riloha, appeared before the press to report on the issues discussed during the session. This was the first meeting of the Council of Ministers in 2023.

The main issue was the presentation of the resignation of the Executive, led by the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Cooperation, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue.

Under the presidency of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic, Head of State and Government and Founder of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, the first Extraordinary Council of Ministers meeting took place on Monday 30th January 2023 at the People’s Palace in Malabo, with the assistance of the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Prime Minister, Charged with Administrative coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, the three Vice Prime Ministers and all members of the Government.

Opening the meeting on behalf of the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. the President of the Republic explained that the reason for the meeting was to enforce the provisions of the regulations in force in our country, following the Presidential, Legislative and Municipal Elections held on 20th November 2022, which gave victory to the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea and its Electoral Coalition.

In that regard, the Prime Minister took the floor to present the resignation of the members of the Executive, in accordance with the statutory legal formalities, saying firstly, “We have just concluded a free, democratic and transparent election in which the will of the people has been clearly and freely expressed”.

For Obama Asue, the people have reaffirmed Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in the great task of continuing to lead the destiny of the nation, as the great indefatigable builder who instils full confidence and always calls for peace and national cohesion.

In another part of his speech, the Prime Minister also expressed his deep gratitude and eternal appreciation to the Head of State for having honoured him by giving him the opportunity to exercise this very high office in very difficult times, marked by the multifaceted crisis affecting us and many other problems.

“Coordinating government action is an immense and very difficult task, which encompasses the great responsibility that serving the State demands. Yes, serving the state at this level is a unique honour; therefore, we have given our best, without reservation,” he added.

On behalf of all the members of the Government and on his own behalf, the Prime Minister of the Executive, after expressing to H.E. the Head of State his sincere thanks, also testified to the unwavering commitment of the entire Government, and praised in general terms the rectitude of its members, their competence and their willingness, feeling satisfied with their collective action.

In reply and by way of a summary, the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, expressed words of recognition to all members of the Government for the dynamism, dedication, patriotic spirit and self-sacrifice demonstrated in their respective posts dedicated to the implementation of the development programme designed by the Executive.

With these words, council session was brought to a close, in the name of the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Head of State oversees first Extraordinary Council of Ministers 2023

The President of the Republic, Head of State and Government, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw on Monday 30th January an Extraordinary Council of Ministers meeting, in the Ambassadors’ Hall at the People’s Palace in Malabo.

This is the first time that the nation’s leader has met the government apparatus, following the investiture ceremony and assumption of the Presidency of the Republic for the next seven years on 8th December 2022, and following the composition of the National Parliament, in addition to the appointment of His Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with National Defence and State Security.

The meeting of the Extraordinary Council of Ministers was held in the presence of the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, Prime Minister and Coordinator of the Administration, the First, Second and Third Vice Prime Ministers, as well as the Ministers of State, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Secretaries of State.

The agenda included a single point: the reflections and orientations of His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Head of State and Government, Founding President of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, to each and every one of the holders of the various ministerial portfolios within the public administration.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Ratification of office of Vice-President of Republic in National Parliament

The plenary session of the National Parliament, overseen by the presidents of the two chambers, Teresa Efua Asangono and Gaudencio Mohaba Messu, ratified on Monday 30th January, the appointment of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, with the approval of the parliamentary groups from the various political parties represented.

Minutes before the ratification of the appointment of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as Vice-President by the two chambers, the plenary session of the Senate met for a briefing and presentation of the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups represented in the Upper Chamber, followed by the joint plenary session of the two chambers hearing a reading of Presidential Decree number 41/2023, dated 23rd January this year, appointing Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as Vice-President of the Republic, by the first secretary of the Table, Martin Crisanto Ebee Mba.

In the presence of members of the Government, led by the Prime Minister, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, the spokespersons from the various parliamentary groups spoke in favour of the appointment.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Ratification of appointment of Vice-President of Republic

The honourable deputies ratified, on Monday 30th January, the appointment of the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, at a plenary session overseen by the President of the institution, Gaudencio Mohaba Messu.

The agenda for this plenary session was the presentation of the spokespersons of the parliamentary groups for the ninth parliamentary term, the ratification of these appointments, and miscellaneous business.

As for the spokespersons of the two parliamentary groups, the Democratic Coalition has Alfredo Mitogo Mitogo Ada as its main spokesperson, Salvador Nguema Mangue as its first deputy spokesperson and Miguel Mba Nzang Mikue as its second deputy spokesperson, while the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea Group has returned to its main spokesperson, Federico Abaga Ondo, who will be supported by his first deputy, Eugenio Nze Obiang, and second deputy, José Pablo Nvo Owono Aviri.

After their presentation to the plenary, Mohaba Messu congratulated them for having earned the confidence of their respective parliamentary groups, calling on them to continue the good work carried out by the spokespersons in previous legislatures.

Regarding the appointment of the Vice-President of the Republic, Article 33 of our Basic Law establishes, in paragraph 4, that before taking office, this appointment must be ratified by both chambers of the National Parliament.

Decree number 41/2023, dated 23rd January, appointing H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue to the post of Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and State Security, was read out in the framework of the process of the latest Presidential, Legislative and Municipal elections.

The letter sent by the Presidency of the Republic to the National Parliament for this ratification was also read out and the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies ratified the appointment of H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, by unanimous vote of the two parliamentary groups, who gave their assent through their respective spokespersons.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Presidential couple attend mass for International Women’s Day in Bata

The presidential couple, Their Excellencies Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang, attended a solemn thanksgiving mass in Bata to commemorate International Women’s Day on 8th March, which was also attended by several members of the Government, including the Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Maria Consuelo Nguema Oyana.

Under this year’s banner of “Reducing gender inequality in innovation and technology”, the religious minister stressed that this message was an invitation for women to continue to redouble their efforts so that equal opportunities and other rights continue to make progress.

In another part of his homily, and drawing on verses from Proverbs that describe the characteristics of an excellent and virtuous woman, as well as the message from a passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew, the celebrant said that our activity as children of God is to work for the common good and for a better Guinea, “it is true that much has already been done, but the struggle continues,” he added.

Reverend Father Carlos Nguema Mansogo also said that every woman, and therefore every human being, wants her children to achieve excellence, to have the best in life and to occupy positions of great prestige. In order for the children of God to achieve their goals, in the text of reference, Jesus Christ set humility as an unequivocal condition for being the greatest among all.

The celebrant also said that God wants our sisters, mothers and daughters to be useful women; women who ease the burden of the home; women who help their husbands; women who are willing to serve, and expressed the wish for women to understand that they must bring benefits to our society.

Between now and 8th March 2024, the priest called on women to achieve new goals in the areas of education, the fight against alcoholism and the eventual eradication of the dowry, which has become a major obstacle to marriage for young people.

International Women’s Day is being commemorated this year at a time when progress on gender equality is being questioned at the United Nations. Since Monday, the UN has been holding the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, during which UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, said that equality between men and women is getting further and further away. In that respect, our country has made enormous progress: women hold responsibilities both in government and in the rest of the official State bodies.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government