During the first day of the Sixth Conference of Diplomatic Missions held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an interesting exchange of information and opinions took place among the Ministers who participated in the presentations and the Equatorial Guinean diplomats. The Ministers of Information and of Mines were two of the participants.
From March 27 to 30 in the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malabo, the Sixth Conference of Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Consular and International Organizations is taking place, in which all the ambassadors and diplomats from Equatorial Guinea who are distributed worldwide meet together.
It is an indispensable and unique occasion in which the diplomatic representatives of our State debate and exchange experiences, and can update their knowledge in different aspects of the recent work of the Government.
After the inauguration by the Head of State on the morning of Friday, March 27, began an intense day of presentations in which spoke different members of the Government who provided the ambassadors and diplomats detailed and very up to date information on matters of their various cabinets.
One of the first to participate was the Secretary of State for Finance and Budgets, Milagrosa Obono Angue, who, on behalf of the Minister, Marcelino Owono, gave a summary of the situation, citing data from the current economic downturn, and stressing that, despite it, the Government has not reduced, in any of the cases, the budgets for social aspects, such as scholarships, education or health. The Secretary of State did say that there had been cuts in various Ministries, some of which could affect diplomatic delegations, but it will not affect at any time a decline in the most significant work and services.
Another interesting presentation was that of the Minister of Information, Press and Radio, Teoblado Nchaso Matomba, on The Image of Equatorial Guinea in the International Media. The Minister explained the important relationship between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and that of Information since both should ensure the good image of our country before the attacks interested parties in certain international media.
Nchaso Matomba stated that it is important that the ambassadors themselves be informed of what is published about Equatorial Guinea in their countries of work, and said that they can exercise the right to reply in such cases: “When some media of the country in which you work publishes something negative about Equatorial Guinea, you yourselves can and should answer. To do this, you can consult us for advice. But you yourself are the ones that should send a letter to the media to claim the right of reply that must be attended. Because, if bad information on Guinea comes from another country and the ambassador in that country does not respond to it, everyone will assume that this information is true.”
The Minister also recalled that the Government has media especially created to disseminate Equatorial Guinean information to the international spectrum, such as the International Channel RTVGE, the Office of Information and Press of Equatorial Guinea or the Official Government Website www.guineaecuatorialpress.com, which, incidentally, was congratulated by the Ambassador to the UN, Anatolio Ndong.
Another very important presentation that evening was made by the Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, who began his speech by sending a message of reassurance about the rumors on the economic and energy situation in Equatorial Guinea, “Oil is not over. The economic downturn is the result of fluctuations in market prices that are very difficult to control, but we must be calm, we have oil for our children and our children’s children,” said the Minister to discard some of the lies that have been heard in recent times. Mbega Obiang Lima recalled that new oil discoveries have been made in the Equatorial Guinean coasts to be announced soon, and Exxon Mobil has renewed its contract with our country. He also mentioned some of the many projects that have been carried out and the many that are about to begin, within the Industrialization Plan.
But the focus of the presentation of the Minister of Mines was the management for the admission process of Equatorial Guinea to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Mbega Obiang Lima gave a detailed account of the efforts to achieve -despite the opposition from some lobbies- the approval on the admission to this institution, and the tremendous work done in recent years for this one goal: to achieve it.
The schedule included presentations on the same day by the Minister of Economy, Planning and Public Investment, Conrado Okenve Ndoho; the Minister of Security, Nicolas Obama Nchama, and Bonifacio Bakale, Minister of Commerce and Business Development.
Saturday, March 28, had an equally intense schedule, with reports by ambassadors and heads of missions.
On March 30, the closing day, the head of the Ministry, Agapito Mba Mokuy made a comprehensive dissertation, with the participation of the ambassadors and diplomats on the Organic Regulations and Action Plan 2015.
Report: Filiberto Nseme Nsue and Ines Ortega
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office