Eugenio Nze Obiang holds press conference on second session of Council of Ministers meeting

The Minister for Information, Press and Radio, and Minister Spokesperson for the Government, Eugenio Nze Obiang, continued to provide information to the press on the second meeting of the Council of Ministers on 15th November. The council meeting is expected to conclude its work on Friday 16th November.

The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, led the session, which was attended by all members of the Government present in Malabo. They covered the action plans by the departments of the Central State Administration.

The session began with the report from Eucario Bacale Angue Oyana, Minister for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications, who explained the aims and strategies of his department regarding the strategic plan in the ICT sector; the improvement in access to information and communication technology; the improvement in the quality of services provided by telecommunications operators; the adaptation in order to make prices for electronic services competitive in the market and market regulation; the training of human resources; and the exercise of greater control over the features of the sector. With respect to GETESA, he reported that, to 31st October, the figure for business surpassed 60 thousand million in terms of billing. For its part, GITGE had billed 15,000 million, some 8% more than the previous year, and ORTEL, 4.5 thousand million, some 11% greater than the invoicing for the whole of 2017.

The strengthening and operation of autonomous bodies and companies with State shareholdings, and the reform of the legal and institutional framework, were other matters covered. In the transport sector, the minister announced the reform to the legal and institutional framework; the creation of strategies to promote the transport of persons, goods and merchandise; the improvement in the exploitation of port facilities; the reform and structure of port administration; the training of human resources, including the organisation of two training seminars for personnel and players in the merchant navy sector, one on the facilitation convention for international maritime transport, and the other on the contingency plan for the spilling of hydrocarbons in our waters.

On the postal service sector, they dealt with reforms to the legal and institutional framework; the re-floating and structuring of GECOTEL; improvements to the provision of postal services; the training of human resources, for which they have negotiated with the postal service schools in Abijan and Yaunde, both for the sending of candidates to train in the postal service, and to organise refresher courses for staff; the intensification of of cooperation with international bodies, in order to transfer the presidency of COPTAC, and negotiate postal agreements with Spain.

The Council of Ministers decided on the installation of a public transport company, and demanded urgent negotiations for the exploitation of our national ports.

Miguel Ekuaga, Minister for Industry and Energy, on presenting the actions of his department, confirmed the promotion of energy policies aimed basically at guaranteeing the generation, availability and distribution of energy, so that it can reach all areas within the nation; together with an improvement to the institutional framework through the passing of the Regulatory Law on Electrical Energy to correct the harm suffered by the population due to fluctuations in energy; the construction of manufacturing industries for products deriving from petroleum, plastics, tar, colourings, and preservatives; the diversification of sources of products, for hydrocarbons and electricity, with special preference of the use of renewable energy; the execution of electricity projects using renewable energy for the islands of Annobon, Corisco, Elobeyes, MbaAe, Cocoteros, Conga and other isolated centres; the modernisation and adoption of electrical networks from all districts and municipalities on the Continental Region, to connect them to the Djibloho system; the building of a new hydroelectric power station in Sendje; to create industrial areas and estates for the implementation of the industrialisation plan for Equatorial Guinea and deploy industries for the transformation of local products.

For his part, the President of the Republic suggested the contracting of persons or companies for the maintenance of the power line, in order to prevent cuts; a review of electricity tariffs in order to establish the payment for public lighting; the education of users to save energy, and the training of technicians to prevent the proliferation of fires. He also ordered an improvement in the operation of the power stations at Mousola and Riaba, with the aim of perfecting the management of the electrical system that, today, reaches 50% of the country. In addition, he highlighted the boost necessary for energy obtained from solar panels.

Consuelo Nguema Oyana, Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, explained the social policy for the the promotion of women; the improvement in the lives of the elderly; the support programmes for the control of heritage and the taxing of buildings.

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo suggested to the Council of Ministers the way to provide resources, incentives and food to the elderly who are in need, and who live with their families and do not wish to go to a home for the elderly.

Adoracion Salas Chonco, Minister for Fishing and Water Resources, presented the execution of her action plan, pointing out the creation of the regulation for the application of Law number 11/2017, regulating Fishing and Fish Farming activities in Equatorial Guinea; the organisation of a seminar to spread knowledge of the law, and a course on the implementation of its initiatives.

With the technical assistance of experts from the European Union, the following regulations have been published: the regulation for the application of licences and the obligations of beneficiaries in matters of the declaration of catches, landings, transfers and other activities involved in fishing; the regulation for the application of satellite tracking of industrial and semi-industrial fishing vessels; and the national plan to prevent, discourage and eliminate illegal fishing.

Other matters relating to the management of fishing and the creation of a body of inspectors for fishing and accredited on-board observers on an international level; the training of observers on Abijan, Republic of Ivory Coast; the proposal for the integration of Equatorial Guinea within the Regional Commission on Fishing on the Gulf of Guinea (COREP); the monitoring of the project for the tuna factory and fish dock; the monitoring of the integrated fishing development project for Equatorial Guinea Lot 1 Bata and Lot 2 Luba, were some of the other issues covered.

In the sub-sector of water resources; the review of Law 3/2007, regulating waters and coasts; the creation and structuring of the national water company (HIDROGESA); the installation of a laboratory for the analysis of water quality; the construction of a water treatment plant in Annobon, and the adhesion of Equatorial Guinea to the Abijan Convention were some of the other points analysed.

The President of the Republic pointed out the urgent need to create a company for the management of water, and gave the task of creating it to the departments of Finance, Public Works, the Interior and Fishing. In addition, the Council of Ministers reported on the imminent arrival in Equatorial Guinea of a new fishing vessel, which will reach its final destination in Equatorial Guinea within seven days.

Pastor Micha Ondo Bile, Minister for Trade and the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Companies, when reporting on his action plan, indicated the installation of a Single Business Window to improve the business climate in the country, simplifying administrative procedures for the setting up of companies, and the creation of a single business register; the design of tools for the promotion and establishment of small and medium-sized companies; the strategies to strengthen the business fabric; actions aimed at improving the business climate in Equatorial Guinea; the census of firms throughout the nation, and the adhesion of Equatorial Guinea to the World Trade Organisation.

Maria JesA�s Ncara, Vice-Minister for Education, University Teaching and Sports, on presenting her department’s plan, insisted on the computerisation of centres; the evaluation of teachers; the preparation of teaching material: the elimination of stand-in teachers; the creation of marks bulletins which cannot be falsified; the updating of curriculums; the teaching of values; the updating of the teaching body; the drawing up of school guides; the computerisation of school centres; the granting of housing for teachers in rural areas; the updating of the legal census for the training project for teachers, and the construction project for public centres; text books; the disciplinary council; the school for parents; the school leagues and the national Sports Plan.

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, regarding grants, suggested that the Government should demand grants for training that is not provided by our universities, for example, in the areas of health, and find medical specialists. He also pointed out the lack of sports grounds, such as football stadiums, basketball courts, tennis courts, boxing rings, etc., and proposed the presentation of a pilot project looking at these areas, particularly in provinces and districts with the greatest populations.

Following these instructions the session closed, and it will continue on 16th at 11 in the morning.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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