President of the Republic holds receptions

The Head of State has held several audiences with figures and groups of companies, such as Bollore, led by its Director general Charged with Development, Eric Mellet; the Regional Director of Gulf of Guinea, Abdoulaye Mohamed, and the Resident regional Director, Remi Amavi. On the same day, 10th July, the President also received the president of the CDI, Andres Pastrana, and granted an interview to the French and Portuguese press.

The audience, described as positive and productive, in which the Bollore Group presented new proposals to implement in our country, took place in the presence of the French Ambassador in Malabo, Fred Constant, and was attended by the Minister for Public Works, Housing and Town Planning, Diosdado Nsue Medja.

The aim was to present the activities of the group, active in the country for 20 years, and operating in the customs and consignment of vessels sectors.

Our company operates in various countries in the world and we have closely followed the economic initiatives from Equatorial Guinea. The meeting with the President served to present the activities of the group and study other activities in order to contribute towards the economic development of Equatorial Guinea”, declared the Director General, Eric Mellet, before the press.

In reply, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, declared the willingness of the Executive to develop a partnership with the Bollore group, which is a specialist in maritime matters.

Following that meeting, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo received a delegation from the Centrist Democrat International, which is led by the former president of Colombia, Andres Pastrana.

In the presence of the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, and our country’s ambassador in Brussels, Carmelo Nvono Nca, the meeting aimed to request our country’s adhesion of the CDI, of which Equatorial Guinea has been a member since 10th July. The Centrist Democrat International is a grouping of over 60 parties from different countries in the world.

At the end of the day, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo granted an exclusive to the French and Portuguese press.

The reporters, in addition to learning about the political and economic situation in the country, focussed their questions on relations between France and Equatorial Guinea; issues affecting the subregion of Central Africa; our country’s membership of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP); the 54th Assembly of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African free market agreement, among other matters.

During the interview, the Head of State responded to each of the questions out by the journalists, and affirmed, We have been working to consolidate democracy in Equatorial Guinea, we have held six tables for dialogue; this round of conversations has also led to the signing of an amnesty for the return of exiles, and pardons in order to free those in prison”.

At another moment he pointed out that democracy is not a sudden fact, but has to be cultivated in order to convince the people that it is working in favour of good development in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

With regards to the abolition of the death penalty in the country, H. E: Obiang Nguema Mbasogo declared that the Government had carried out a study which had been sent to Parliament, and that in future sessions this matter would occupy attention in the Chamber of Deputies. In addition, he affirmed that the death penalty was going to be banned in Equatorial Guinea, as it was an international demand.

Regarding the future of the country, the President said that he hoped for the best for the nation, and that his desire was for Equatorial Guinea to be self-sufficient, and for that reason the Government was working on development programmes.

To close his schedule, the Head of State offered a lunch in the banqueting room at the People’s Palace in Malabo.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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