The Palace of Conferences in Sipopo was the epicentre on the morning of Tuesday 11th June of the Round Table for Contributors to the African Solidarity Trust Fund, organised by the FAO in collaboration with the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. During the event the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was awarded a prize for his involvement and contribution to the fund. The full text of the presidential speech given during the session is included here.
In his speech, the President indicated that it is satisfying for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to confirm the successful results of its contribution of 30 million dollars in 2013, and those from other African countries that have supported the programmes for eradicating hunger.
In addition to welcoming the presence of the delegations from countries and international bodies that have taken part in the round table, he recalled that it was six years ago when the initiative was created during the Regional Conference of the FAO for Africa, with the aim of it becoming an instrument through which the continent could receive and manage donations and contributions from African countries and development partners.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also expressed hope that the positive results being achieved by the fund serve as motivation for all African countries and international humanitarian organisations to join the initiative, It is important to recall here that the aims we committed to six years ago were: to improve the provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fishing in a sustainable manner, to agree that agricultural systems converged in order to reduce rural poverty”.
The Head of State called for a renewed commitment to support livelihoods against the threats and crisis that affects food security in African countries, and affirmed that Africa today has the opportunity to contribute towards this noble initiative in order to reach the Zero Hunger Goal. It is being shown through this initiative that Africa is concerned about Africans and is up to the task of solving its problems through a commitment to solidarity, providing the necessary economic resources and technological knowledge for the African Solidarity Trust Fund.
This round table thus represents an exceptional occasion for those committed to solidarity that arises from true South-South Cooperation between African brother peoples. We have among us today representatives from international economic, financial and humanitarian institutions for whom we hope that the logic of its creation is shown through the support that Africa needs at this time”, he added, and concluded his speech with the desire that this meeting in Malabo marks a turning point in the fight by Africa against food insecurity, from solidarity and based on the wealth of its natural resources.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office