Apart from these contributions, some countries have announced their support for the second phase of the fund, and some banking institutions have also confirmed support, such as the African Development Bank, BADEA and the Islamic Development Bank.
After the first event, the second phase was the Round Table for Contributors from the African Solidarity Trust Fund, and following the group photo, the delegations from the various African countries and others such as the People’s Republic of China, France and Switzerland, announced their contributions to the fund for the benefit of the African population.
The President of Mauritania, H. E. Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, in his speech, recognised the vision of the President of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for his contribution to the fund, and said that despite efforts, food insecurity continues to be a problem for the continent, and thus there must be proposals and joint efforts.
In addition, with respect to the medium and long term strategies, he said that his country had created a fund for malnutrition and natural catastrophes, and stated that Mauritania was urging all African countries and their partners to contribute to this fund.
For his part, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, also announced the contribution from Equatorial Guinea of 2 million dollars.
The Representative from the People’s Republic of China said that it was an honour to contribute towards achieving the goals of African countries, and praised the donors. He also mentioned Agenda 2063 as an opportunity for fast development on the African continent, and recognised that Africa is facing difficult questions, such as food insecurity and climate change, among others.
Furthermore, he stated that China would always continue to support development in Africa, as it had done with the 60 thousand million that his country had offered, and 80 million for projects on the African continent. To conclude, he reaffirmed the backing of China with 2.6 million dollars for the fund.
H. E. Jose Mario Vaz, President of Guinea Bissau, spoke about the creation of jobs for women and young people, and the need to pay attention to agriculture, and praised the Presidents of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Angola for their contribution of 40 million.
The Prime Minister of Swaziland said that it was necessary to provide a better life to humanity, and it was up to the agricultural sector to achieve sustainable development. He also congratulated the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for the prize received for his contribution to the fund.
The representative from Djibouti announced a contribution of one million dollars. France, represented by the Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Fred Constant, passed on a message from the President, H. E. Emmanuele Macron, with a contribution of two million dollars.
The representative from Benin also announces support from his country, and the representative from Switzerland affirmed support for the initiative of the fund as a nation which is a friend of Africa.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office