Second phase of Round Table for Contributors from ASTF

The FAO and the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea organised on Tuesday 11th May, at the Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, a Round Table for Contributors from the African Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF), to fight Hunger, with the aim of helping African countries to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, eliminate rural poverty and manage the natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The ceremony was overseen by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and was attended by various figures from the Government, institutions, delegates from African countries, friends of Africa and guests.

During the event several speeches were heard. The speech by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was followed by one from the Deputy Director of the FAO, Maria Helena Semedo and, via video, there was a speech from the Director General of the FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva, and then words from the Representative of the African Development Bank, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative from the Republic of Angola before the FAO and president of the ASTF Board of Directors, Florencio Mariano e Almeida. Following his speech, the President of the Republic received a prize presented by the FAO.

After that symbolic gesture, a video was shown on the activities and actions carried out by the FAO.

The round table began with words from the Heads of State from Mauritania and Guinea Bissau.

After the speeches, the countries forming part of this second contribution to the fund were introduced, including Angola, a nation praised for its huge support, China, France and Equatorial Guinea, who in this second phase has contributed with the sum of two million dollars.

Maria Helena Semedo closed the block of participation from the contributors, praising the participation of all the countries and expressing her satisfaction for the achievements and goals obtained.

This round table of contributors is one of the new ways to address the challenges of hunger and poverty in Africa, aimed at recapitalising the fund and launching a second phase which is even more ambitious, and capable of responding to the challenges of development in Africa. This second phase of the ASTF includes three key components: support actions to accelerate the SDG, the exchange of knowledge within Africa and innovative financial arrangements.

It is also an exceptional opportunity for the 41 African countries which benefited from the first phase of the fund, to help to demonstrate their solidarity with the continent and contribute financially. This was established during the FAO for African Regional Conference in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, in 2012. All thanks to the financial contribution from Equatorial Guinea of a total of 30 million USD, and Angola, with 10 million USD.

The event concluded with a closing speech from the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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