Prime Minister attends mass for International Women’s Day

On the occasion of the commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Manuela Roka Botey, attended a thanksgiving mass organised by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, which was also attended by a large number of prominent female figures from the Equatoguinean socio-political scene, such as the Second Deputy Secretary General of the PDGE, Judith Nfono Ngomo Nchama.

This Eucharistic ceremony, held in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Malabo, was officiated by the Reverend Father Fortunato Nsue Esono, assisted by several members of the clergy.

After the first and second readings from the books of Proverbs and Revelation respectively, the responsorial psalm sung by the choir was followed by a reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John and the subsequent homily.

Reverend Father Nsue Esono focused his homily on the figure of women, also created in the image and likeness of God, on the principle of human dignity, and on the role and functions of women in our society.

In that regard, the Prime Minister shared her thoughts, saying, “I think that the road to women’s empowerment, the road to economic independence, the road to equal opportunities, is not made by women alone.

The Head of State, Head of Government, President of the Republic, is the example, because he involves women. Now we are at 35% because he involves both the woman and the man: he himself is the example. So, when the father says that when there is crime it is because the woman has done something wrong, I want to add a caveat. […] He wants to tell the woman to involve her husband, to make him aware, so that he too joins the cause of the children’s education, in such a way that […] the woman involves her husband because the children belong to the man and the woman”.

The most moving moment of this celebration was when the women’s collective, led by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, presented their offerings, the fruit of their daily work, to Almighty God.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Foreign Ministry calls first council meeting on 2023-02-27

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Diaspora held its first council meeting of the year today. It was overseen by the chief minister, Simeon Oyono Esono. We are including with this article the press release issued in that respect by the Office for Diplomatic Information and Communication.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Diaspora held its first council meeting of the year today. It was overseen by the chief minister, Simeon Oyono Esono.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

First session for the promotion of community forestry and sustainable livelihoods

The FAO, Equatorial Guinea and GEF are organising the 1st Steering Committee Session for the project: “Promoting community forestry for climate change mitigation and sustainable livelihoods in Equatorial Guinea” (2022-2027).

The joint strategy of the Government of Equatorial Guinea, the FAO and GEF funding over the next five years (2022-2027) envisages the implementation of actions aimed at conserving and enhancing forest carbon stocks, while simultaneously promoting the incorporation of sustainable livelihoods through sustainable community-based forest and land management.

On Wednesday, a technical meeting was organised in Malabo on the “promotion of community forestry for climate change mitigation and sustainable livelihoods in Equatorial Guinea”, the aim of which was to present institutional representatives with the structure and partial goals for the first year of implementation, as well as to submit for consideration and, if necessary, validation through significant adjustments to the structure of the committee itself and the elements that make up the project’s implementation arrangements.

These specific objectives have also been achieved:

• The establishment of the project steering committee. considering its integration based on the existing governmental structure.

• The presentation of the Work Plan for the first year of implementation, obtaining the corresponding operational and budgetary validation.

The “Promotion of community forestry for climate change mitigation and sustainable livelihoods in Equatorial Guinea” project is being partially funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and seeks to contribute to the implementation of the National Strategy and REDD+ Investment Plan by addressing identified priorities for reducing forest-related emissions.

Following the project launch meeting, in which the project’s scope and general approaches were made known, as well as preliminary approaches for the generation of institutional synergies, the members of the project’s steering committee reached agreement on the coordination of the project.

Likewise, as a result of the project launch meeting, some recommendations and proposals for adjustments were received for some areas within the initial structure of the project, which require validation by the steering committee.

The meeting was aimed at members designated in the project document (PRODOC), who are representatives of government entities and invited guests with relevant agency in the fulfilment of the project’s objectives.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Congratulations from French Embassy for Vice-President of Republic

The First Secretary from the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea to France and Monaco, Josefina Oyana Mbana Makina, has sent her congratulations to the Vice-President of the Republic, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, on his appointment. We are including the full text of the message below.

The First Secretary from the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea to France and Monaco, Josefina Oyana Mbana Makina, has sent her congratulations to the Vice-President of the Republic, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, on his appointment.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government

Vice-President of Republic holds meeting to implement drinking water project throughout national territory

On Wednesday, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue held a meeting at the People’s Palace in Malabo, with ministers from Public Works, Finance, Geproyectos and the Chinese company Gesuba.

Through its policy to provide the Equatoguinean population with modern infrastructure and basic services, the Government is committed to the implementation of the drinking water supply project in Malabo and Bata, and in more than 788 Village Councils.

In 2023, the Government of Equatorial Guinea will work on one of the most ambitious projects in its national policy. The aim is to implement a drinking water adduction network capable of supplying all the neighbourhoods of Malabo and Bata, as well as hundreds of Village Councils.

In order to bring this about, H. E. Nguema Obiang Mangue summoned the heads of the portfolios of Public Works, Finance and Geproyectos to urgently draw up a strategic plan to ensure that the drinking water supply reaches the entire country.

In 2015, the Government of Equatorial Guinea signed a contract with the Chinese company Gesuba for the implementation of the drinking water supply project in the city of Malabo. However, this agreement has not materialised so far.

After being informed regarding the delay in the materialisation of the work, the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers. in his eagerness to ensure the welfare of his compatriots and comply with the slogan of the Government of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea contained in the Horizon 2035 plan, water for all, stressed to Public Works, Geproyectos and the construction company the urgent need to present a fresh project that includes all financial details, as well as to carry out a study in order to determine the true situation regarding each area, so that through this document the Executive can decide as soon as possible on the implementation of this social project.

Nguema Obiang Mangue, who acknowledged that many cities in the country already had a drinking water supply network, insisted that this project must reach the entire national territory, because, he said, development programmes should not only be limited to urban areas, but also extend to rural areas, since all Equatoguineans have the same rights and should enjoy the same opportunities.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government