The Vice Minister of Economy, Planning and Investment, Valentin Ela Maye, closed the Workshop on Validation of the National Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015, which took place from June 15 to 17 at the Hotel Sofitel Sipopo Le Golf in Malabo.
Valentin Ela Maye began his speech by saying that the process of preparing the 2015 MDG National Report, whose draft was validated at the technical level in this event, is the result of an agreement reached with the agencies of the United Nations system established in the country.
-“The preliminary findings point to an improvement in all MDG indicators. It is noted that extreme poverty could have been reduced to the levels established by the Millennium Development Goals; while achieving universal education, improving maternal health, reducing child mortality, combating HIV-AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases, known today clearly as positive trends in our country,” said Ela Maye.
The Vice Minister of Economy also recognized the need to continue the implementation of the second phase of the national plan for economic and social development Horizon 2020 to achieve the objectives proposed by it, in order to fulfill all the MDGs and achieve the emergence proposed by the country.
The objective of the workshop that was closed was to streamline and refine the work on the official document of the MDGs for 2015, in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. A dossier to be presented at the UN Summit in New York by the Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in September of this year.
During these three days of the workshop, the actors of this work gathered in three groups, led by a chairman and a rapporteur; the latter informed the plenary on the results and decisions.
The Director General of Planning, in his capacity as Second Vice President of the National Technical Committee on MDGs, Bienvenido Osa Micha, reported that the technical work of validation of each group was held on the morning of June 15 to June 17, and concluded with a plenary in which the conclusions, amendments, clarifications, contributions and presentations were presented.
Osa Micha reported that in the process of preparing the report that the country will take to New York, the Ministry of Economy is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the process in collaboration with all ministerial departments pertaining to the MDGs and agencies of the United Nations residing in the country and other development partners.
-“The country has made great efforts to achieve the MDGs, some of which have been achieved, such as reducing by over 50% the poverty rate, and the country has reduced maternal mortality by 81% in 2013, when only 75% was requested, and we must highlight the positive trend of the rest of the MDGs, leaving small gaps for total achievement of all the MDGs in a timely manner,” concluded the Director-General of Planning.
The workshop technically validates the National MDG Report 2015, and the last aspects still need to be finished as well as the collecting of suggestions that the workshop has done in order to have a draft of the report, to be submitted to higher authorities.
Text and photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office