The Equatorial Guinea Scientific and Technological Research Council (CICTE) has commemorated the 30th anniversary of its founding, in 1987. The ceremony, which was attended by political and intellectual figures, took place on 7th August at the the Equatoguinean Cultural Centre (CCEG).
In accordance with the schedule drawn up for the celebration, the event began with the reading of a message by the president of the institution, Anacleto Olo Mibuy, on Saturday 5th of this month. Then, on Monday 7th August, activities continued at seven in the morning, with a thanksgiving mass at Malabo Cathedral, and an appearance on the morning programme A Fondo on TVGE.
Following the introduction by the Director General for Applied Sciences and Oral Traditions, Jose Juan, the general secretary of the institution, Andres Ikuga Fernandez, spoke about the history of the CICTE since its creation.
Then it was the turn of professor Olo Mibuy, who outlined the importance of research, science and technology for a nation and for the world in general.
The Head of State and of the Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, months after his demonstration as guide for our country, had the brilliant idea of creating this institution because he was convinced of what he would do for the good of the nation would not be possible without science and research, as the majority of times we adopt other customs and are unaware of our origins.
Thus the development we have seen to date needed to look to science and technology. If these two pillars were not accompanying development, then it could fall in pieces because it would not be based on our own cultural roots. For that reason, we are celebrating the trilogy (research, science and technology)” affirmed Olo Mibuy,
With respect to the companies awarded on this anniversary a certificate of designation of origin, the CICTE president pointed out that “we are members of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), whose mission is to certify initiatives throughout the eighteen member States, as an OAPI certificate allows you to work in any of those States”.
Among other activities, one of the CCEG halls was visited, containing an exhibition of photos and books connected to the CICTE, and participants were informed regarding the trajectory and work carried out at the heart of the institution during its history.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea