The Royal Forum of Senior Management, a body created in 1982 under the Presidency of Honour of emeritus King Juan Carlos I, has awarded H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo the Gold Masters, for his political, professional and personal history. It is a recognition of his international prestige and daily work and efforts for Equatorial Guinea.
The event took place in the meeting room in Sipopo and was attended by leaders from the country, the diplomatic corps, international guests and the people of Equatorial Guinea, who accompanied the leader of the country in the receipt of such a prestigious award, received by, among others, Mikhail Gorbachev; John Paul II; the Nobel in Chemistry Mario Molina, or Queen Sofia.
Following the showing of a presentation video, the General Secretary of the Royal Forum of Senior Management gave some of the reasons behind the awarding of the honour to the President of the Republic; his unstoppable rise during his military career; his vast academic training; his impressive political career, and for promoting and cultivating the modernisation and development of Equatorial Guinea.
Then the President of the Royal Forum, Carlos Escudero de Buron, gave a speech in which he stated that they had visited Malabo, together with a representation from the Governing Board, so that the presentation ceremony could be part of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence, and concluded his speech by thanking His Excellency for accepting the award, which honours his person and all the citizens of Equatorial Guinea.
Following the speech by Carlos Escudero, the President of the Republic spoke, and firstly gave a warm welcome to the representatives of the Governing Board of the Royal Forum of Senior Management, and invited them to enjoy African hospitality during the 50th Anniversary of our independence.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed his satisfaction on receiving the Gold Masters award, which honours him for his management as Head of State and of Government,”We thank the Governing Board for the vision to grant us this award, which is no more than a confirmation of the work carried out, as with others with which we have been honoured. The distinction has two dimensions; the first that we are an African country that his been recognised and distinguished by the Royal Forum of Senior Management, and the second, that Equatorial Guinea is a country with Hispanic roots, and is receiving this award on the eve of 12th October.
Here is the people of Equatorial Guinea and the satisfaction expressed is the prelude to the union of the two peoples. The Royal Forum does not represent the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, but men from various areas that recognise Equatorial Guinea. We hope that through your efforts you can make the Government of Spain see what Equatorial Guinea is today”.
The Head of State also referred to the use of Spanish when stating that “we do not have a complex or feel shame in expressing ourselves through Spanish. If we defend the use of Spanish before the African Union, we are not doing it for Spain, but for our common culture. For the close cultural ties that unite us with the Kingdom of Spain. Our country is a bridge, the entrance to African for Spain, and it should be proud that there is a little country with which it has historic ties. Spain has a debt towards Equatorial Guinea, and it must not distance itself at this time”.
The President of the Republic concluded his speech by reiterating his gratitude and that of the People of of Equatorial Guinea for the recognition received by the Royal Forum of Senior Management.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office