Equatorial Guinea is Ready to Host 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Aug 18, 2011, 14:24 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Infrastructure Projects Are 97% Complete

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Equatorial Guinea has completed 97% of the infrastructure projects needed to host 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which will open in Malabo on January 21. In an interview with BBC, Minister of Youth and Sports Ruslan Nsue Obiang, who is also chairman of the organizing committee, pointed to the country's success in delivering infrastructure projects for the recent African Union Summit, and said that Equatorial Guinea continues its efforts to upgrade and enhance infrastructure in the country as it gets ready to co-host the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) with neighboring Gabon.

Minister Obiang pointed out that Equatorial Guinea is experienced in holding events of this magnitude. "With the African Union Summit that was held last month, you could see the hotel capacity we have in Malabo." He continued to say Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have always enjoyed good bilateral relations and the two parties have been working well together to host the CAN 2012.

Equatorial Guinea's soccer coach, Henri Michel, has been leading the team throughout this year's competitions and will continue to train the team for the upcoming CAN 2012.

The new infrastructure projects put in place for CAN 2012 are part of Equatorial Guinea's multi-year program to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure of the country. The government's Horizon 2020 development plan, put in motion by President Obiang, has made infrastructure development a central goal to drive the country to become an emergent and sustainable economy by 2020.

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country will host the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea