The Council of Ministers of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) confirmed it will provide an official recognition for the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, currently Chairman of the institution. This is the first time since the creation of the group, forty years ago, that an act of this type is made to a Head of State. The initiative came in 2012, from the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Belgium.
The undisputed leadership role of Equatorial Guinea and, in particular, H.E. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is increasingly palpable. The last major achievement was the decision by the Council of Ministers of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), presented on May 29 in Brussels (Belgium), for which an official recognition will be given to the Head of State Equatorial Guinea. This initiative arose from the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in the Belgian capital, in late 2012, following the successful development of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the ACP Group held in Malabo.
The recognition is also the result of hard work by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo carried out in the ACP Group, in his capacity as Chairman since 2012, and his steady economic and unprecedented logistical support as well as guidance, suggestions, guidelines and initiatives worthy of a State, as is the case of Equatorial Guinea, that has managed to grow and improve, despite the adverse conditions suffered by the other countries of the region.
The importance of this initiative lies not only in the recognition made by the ACP, but also in the fact that this is the first time since the creation of the group, forty years ago, that it is granted to a Head of State.
During the conclusions of this important international event, the initiatives of President Obiang were evaluated, such as the creation of the Group of Eminent Persons of the African, Caribbean and Pacific; and the expansion of South-South cooperation for the ACP countries.
Each of these important actions, together with the wise guidance of the Equatorial Guinean President given during his official visit to Brussels in April 2014, and that served as a guideline for the Committee of Ambassadors of the Group, are the main reasons that have promoted this international recognition.
The Equatorial Guinean Ambassador to Brussels said in public statements that “thanks to this high recognition from these three regions working in close cooperation with the European Union, President Obiang will have the place he deserves in the international arena.” Nvono Nca also said this time “they are honoring the figure of a person who believes in his country, and that respects the fundamental values of humanity.” He also attributed the merit to those ambassadors who have preceded him, and the magnificent work being done by the current staff of the diplomatic mission in Brussels.
Finally, Nvono wanted to “applaud the visibility of development” of Equatorial Guinea, “hoping that it will occupy, in the same way, the rightful place at the international level.”
Source: Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office