Within the framework of activities planned for the plenary session, held on 31st October, at the new headquarters of the Upper Chamber, the Senate plenary session, led by its President, Teresa Efua Asangono, received the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, accompanied by the First and Second Vice Prime Ministers, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene and Alfonso Nsue Mokuy, among other members of the Executive, to respond to questions of social interest.
The act began with introductory words from the President, and her congratulations on the celebration of the first plenary session in the chamber at the new headquarters of the Upper Chamber; in addition to explaining the rules for the course of the questioning session, which is the purpose of the appearance of the Prime Minister in the chamber to respond to questions of social interest put by Tomas Mecheba Fernandez Galilea, chief spokesperson of the Democratic Coalition parliamentary group in the Senate, and the senator Nostriano Javier Afugu Angue.
In the name of the Democratic Coalition, Fernandez Galilea asked Obama Asue for explanations regarding the salary review for officials, the estimation of the unemployment figures for June in Equatorial Guinea, and Government job offers. he also asked about the use of joint investment funds for the implementation of policies of economic diversification, together with the Government public debt with construction companies, and the urgent measures taken by the Executive for the short term, in order to emerge from the economic crisis.
The Prime Minister, with respect to the salary review and the unemployment figures, indicated that the Government intended to raise salaries, but that faced with the economic crisis and fiscal adjustments, it was deemed necessary to adjust the general State budgets, as spending was greater than income, and thus the situation prevented the raising of salaries.
Furthermore, he shared the same concern with the spokesperson regarding the high rate of unemployment, and underlined the efforts of the Government to resolve the situation.
Regarding the joint investment fund for economic diversification and the public debt of the Government with constructors, Obama Asue explained that there were resources allocated in the annual budgets to develop new projects and improve the business climate, underlining that it is foreign investors that have to present their offers to the Government in order to form a 50% partnership.
The public administration coordinator also spoke about the measures taken in order to emerge from the economic crisis, and said that the Executive was working towards economic objectives to diversify the economy and achieve permanent, sustainable growth, in addition to the project to organise the Third National Economic Conference in 2019.
In reference to the negative balance by public companies, the Prime Minister indicated that the Government had already contracted companies to carry out the evaluation and auditing of companies that are in that situation, and had created a monitoring committee to ensure the immediate implementation of recommendations from the audits.
Regarding the low percentage of passes in recent years in university entrance exams, he pointed out that the main cause was the difficulty in educational adaptation between students and teachers in the transition of the study plan from 1957 to 2007, according to the report issued by the national university.
He also responded to questions presented by the senator Nostriano Javier Afuga Angue, on the implementation of the second phase of the project to computerise the public administration, among other questions.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office