From 4th to 6th July, the International Conference hall in the Ngolo Palace, in the city of Bata, is the venue for the VI Ordinary National Congress of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), of which its General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, has already said will be a great success.
The congress, involving the participation of some three thousand people, is taking place under the banner: For continuous renewal”, and there will be analysis and debate regarding questions of a political nature, above all concerning economics and society in the country, directed towards the problems of reactivation and diversification of the sources of growth, and the fight against unemployment.
The huge event, which takes place every five years, will begin with the arrival and installation of national delegations of congressmen/women, members of the Executive and the National Council of the PDGE, and special guests, and the arrival and installation of the vice-presidents of the party.
The official opening ceremony will begin with a signing of the party anthem, followed by greeting and welcome speeches from the Mayor President of Bata Town Hall, the PDGE district president from the same city, and messages and motions from the delegates from national political parties, friendly countries, and special guests from national and foreign organisations.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his capacity as President Founder of the PDGE, will give the opening speech, which will be followed by the constitution of the Congress Table, and a report from the General Secretary “on activities carried out by the party since the last Ordinary Congress” (in 2012).
Furthermore, the Prime Minister of the Government of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea will report on actions and projects planned for the effective acceleration of national policies, regarding the reactivation and diversification of sources of growth, economic sustainability in the short, medium and long term, and the fight against unemployment.
In addition, the Government will submit a report on the degree of compliance with recommendations from the III PDGE Extraordinary National Party Congress.
The party was founded on 4th July 1986, and the PDGE held its first Constitutional Congress in October 1988, at which it approved the statutes. In 1991, there was an Extraordinary Congress approving a multi-party state, while the II Ordinary National Congress in 1995 achieved political consolidation.
In 1997, the PDGE called a II Extraordinary Congress to seek economic take-off. At the III Ordinary National Congress in 2001, in addition to the renewal and expansion of the party, the denomination of Political-Administrative Secretary changed for that of General Secretary, and culminated in the election of the first two vice-presidents.
The PDGE, which on the 4th marks 31 years since its creation, celebrated its IV Ordinary National Congress in 2006, for its definitive expansion, both internally and externally, and elected H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as candidate in the subsequent presidential elections.
The political grouping has always been concerned about young people, and for that reason in 2010 it called the I PDGE Special Youth Congress, the aim of which was to strengthen the future under the banner “Together we will build the future with confidence”. At the congress, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, then Minister for Agriculture and Forests, was elected President of the Youth Federation, Labour Affairs and Associate Youth Organisations.
At the V Ordinary national Congress in 2012, women took centre stage, as there was an analysis of the main problems for their social development, and empowerment projects.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea