The Equatorial Guinea Diplomatic diplomatic mission has celebrated in Pretoria the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence in our country In this event of singular importance for the Equatoguinean people, our diplomats were supported by the highest level of participation by the accredited diplomatic community in the country and brother people of the Republic of South Africa, at the invitation of our diplomatic mission.
Equatorial Guinea, like a healthy heart, is beating on the left side of the African continent; in the past it was less well-known, much less alive, and with the inappropriate adjective or surname of a country isolated from the rest of the world. Thanks to the spirit of independence of the nations across Africa following the Second World War, a people in the mid west of the dark continent reacted and pronounced its desire to shed the old epithets and the odious chains of imperial colonialism. Then, the date came: the hour, day and year in which Africa gave birth to a new nation and baptised it with the name of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The independence and sovereignty of a nation is marked by incalculable values that began to recognise all the attributes of the nation as a State, with full rights in all areas; words with which the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Extraordinary plenipotentiary Ambassador in South Africa and in functions, began a speech of singular importance in form and content, under the watchful gaze of the entire diplomatic and international community present at the event, highlighting that:
The 12th October 1968 has been written in gold letters in the annals of our history, and in global history, because on that day the way was opened for the birth of our honour, our values and our dignity as a country and a nation.
Along those lines, I would like to pay great homage to the Fathers of this Independent Nation for their arduous struggle to achieve that independence, which today has now reached 50 years since that colonial liberation.
The occasion is right to make reference to an objective historical perspective for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which has travelled a arduous painful road throughout its existence, in order to reach its positive value, both in the colonial period which lasted on our land for over two centuries, and in the 11 years of sad memory of the dictatorial regime, which caused great havoc in our country.
With the heroic event of 3rd August 1979, the day on which His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, leading the distinguished armed and security forces, returned to the people their true freedom, peace, calm and values that were lost during the 11-year period of sad memory.
From that date, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea began taking solid steps along its true march towards the horizon of progress and development, within a climate of unity and harmonious peace, and the restoration of friendly relations of cooperation with all countries throughout the world and international organisations.
After overcoming the economic crisis that affected the country in the 1980s, until the discovery and exploitation of our oil resources, which have allowed the Government to plan the breathtaking, impressive progress and development currently experienced by our country in all areas of society, and in the most remote areas of national geography.
In parallel to this economic development, the programme of democratic trial promoted by the Government is worth pointing out. It has allowed the two reforms to Basic law, with the consequent creation of the political parties, and the creation of the basic State institutions, such as the Council of the Republic, the Senate, the Chamber of People’s Representatives, the Ombudsman, the Accounts Tribunal, the Constitutional Court, etc., etc.
With respect to economic development, after the discovery and exploitation of our oil resources, the government called the first National Economic Conference in 1997, to determine the aims for adequate good use of oil resources, which resulted in a true participative economic democracy in which all the forces of the nation and international representations contributed towards achieving a result which responded to the aspirations of progress and well-being of the people, the result of which was the work and effort of all, involving its unmitigated future execution and the holding of various sector conferences which allowed the assignation of resources in accordance with the aims set out in the various plans.
Consequently, in 2007, the Government, once having met the aims of the first National Economic Conference, called the second national Economic conference for November that year, at which the Horizonte 2020 plan was designed, with the aims of carrying out a transition from an economy dependent on hydrocarbons to a divergent economy, and the promotion of social cohesion through a reduction in poverty and an improvement in social well-being.
In order to achieve these objectives, the plan was structured in two phases; the first transformation phase 2008-2012, designed with the aim of laying the foundations to increase productivity and accelerate economic growth. The second Phase, emergence, from 2013-2020, dedicated to boosting the consolidation of the foundations of sustainable economic and social development.
On 18th April this year, the government called the third National Economic Conference, at which the aims already achieved during the first phase of the 2020 plan will be included, and taking into account challenges to be overcome in order to achieve inclusive emergence, the adoption of sustainable development, the inclusion of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in the African 2063 Agenda, and the global tax situation for the country in the short and medium term, the Government notes the need to redirect national planning for economic and social development, so it has established a top level forum to successfully present, analyse and debate the current and future challenges for the country.
It is worth pointing out at this ceremony the membership of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, thus thanking all countries for having trusted us with your vote to occupy the position, in which Equatorial Guinea will continue to contribute towards the construction of a world of peace, security and well-being for humanity.
Peach is the instrument which favours the development and progress of nations; wars and disturbances have never produced positive effects in any State; we have numerous negative examples of wars on the African continent and in other parts of the world.
We share the conviction that only through reciprocal respect for the sovereignty of each State and the maintenance of good relations of cooperation, mutual respect and reciprocal benefits, can the international community contribute much to the construction of a world of peace, security and well-being for humanity. We also wish to highlight at this event the excellent relations of friendship, cooperation and solidarity between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of South Africa, which are characterised by fraternal understanding between our two leaders, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa.
We also wish to express thanks to the Government and people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Government and brother people of the Republic of South Africa, for their huge participation and contribution to the acts of commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of our national Independence.
To conclude, I ask you to stand and raise your glasses in a toast with us to the health of Their Excellencies Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Cyril Ramaphosa.
To the continuous strengthening of relations of fraternal friendship and cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.
To sincere international cooperation, advantageous for all peoples in equality, and for the health of all those here present.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office