Closing ceremony for III National Economic Conference

The closing ceremony for the III National Economic Conference concluded with the adoption of measures for the diversification of the economy in the country. The Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw the act and praised the resolutions adopted following the conference. The second phase of the closing ceremony was attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, presidents of constitutional bodies, the diplomatic corps and representatives of international bodies, leaders from opposition political parties, the PDGE General Secretary and his Deputy, civil society and delegations from various friendly nations.

The Head of State, in his speech, affirmed that the work of the III NEC had concluded successfully due to its quality, and also recognised the work of the Government team that had revealed the economic situation of the country during the sessions in order to provide a true diagnosis of emergence for the country under Horizonte 2035 National Development.

They also heard other figures, such as the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, who was hopeful that the new development plan prioritised the empowerment of women and youth in political, economic and socio-cultural activities. She also expressed the predisposition of the legislative bodies to be actively involved in parliamentary control and monitoring of the programmes that the Government will adopt for the new 2035 plan.

Furthermore, there was a speech from the President of the BDEAC, Fortunato Ofa Mbo Nchama, who declared the commitment of his institution to accompany Equatorial Guinea along this new road to development; a commitment that began with the financing of some of the agreements signed on Saturday at the Sipopo palace.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also praised the resolutions adopted during the economic conference and revealed that, although there was still a long way to go, the country had made a great effort under the emergence programme.

Furthermore, he recognised that the analysis carried out during the conference reflected the true situation in the country and the measures adopted must not go to waste.

The availability of financial resources is necessary. And the success of the two conferences has been due to the availability and effectiveness of the Government, and the continuity of the practice of corruption would lead to failure of the development plan for the country”, stated the Head of State.

However, the President of the Republic indicated that the next steps must mark a legacy for future generations, “If we want the development of Equatorial Guinea, every one must leave a legacy for Equatorial Guinea; not of personal advancement, but for the common good; we must continue without dismay for the progress of our country”.

The III NEC has as its aims the transitional adoption of a development strategy for redirecting the Horizonte 2020 plan, the adoption of an agreement on the level of implementation of the Horizonte 2020 plan, the establishment and adapting of mechanisms for the eradication of poverty, and social inclusion and sustainable peace, among other matters.

At another moment the Head of State declared that the efforts made today is to lay the firm foundations so that future generations have sufficient tools to continue without dismay the progress of the country because a job well done deserves the same effort, dedication and patriotic spirit in order to bring about a change in mentality which will allow the development of our country.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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