Head of State holds audience with delegation from FAO

On 26th March, the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, received a delegation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO), led by its regional representative, Gabriel Haile Abebe.

The meeting took place at the People’s Palace, in Malabo, in the presence of the Minister for Agriculture, Nicolas Houtonji Acapo; the Secretary of State from the Ministry for Finance, the Economy and Planning, Charged with the Equatorial Guinea Horizonte 2020 Programme, Cesar Augusto Mba Abogo, and the accredited Ambassador from our country to Italy, Cecilia Obono Ndong. The aim was to coordinate the holding of a conference for the second phase of the African Solidarity Fund, created under the leadership of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Our country donated the sum of 30 million dollars in 2013 to the African Solidarity Trust Fund, to support national and regional initiatives aimed at eradicating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

The mission of the FAO is to improve nutrition, increase agricultural production, raise the standards of living for the rural population, and contribute to the growth of the global economy, among other goals.

Following the audience and before the press, the FAO Representative in Equatorial Guinea, Fatima Espinal, declared that our country and the Government of Angola have been generous with the region of Africa; in fact, on the initiative and under the leadership of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the African Solidarity Fund was opened.

Espinal also declared that the audience served to evaluate the results and impact achieved through the 18 projects in 41 countries, and to encourage a second phase in which the intention is to hold a conference on the trust fund.

The FAO was represented by its Regional Director, the Global Director for Resource Mobilisation, and a party from the Steering Committee of the African Solidarity Trust Fund, with the presence of the Government of Angola.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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