Equatorial Guinea Graduates 400 I.T. Students

Nov 11, 2013, 16:06 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

TICGE Center to provide home-grown IT professionals

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four hundred students received diplomas in information technology at a graduation ceremony last week at Equatorial Guinea's Center for Information Technology and Communication (TICGE). Prime Minister of Government for Administrative Coordination Vicente Ehate Tomi represented President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the graduation.

Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, also attended the graduation ceremony to express the government's support of the program and to underscore the need to strengthen the nation's technology sector.

In his speech, Foreign Minister Mba Mokuy said that the program is a result of President Obiang's efforts to reduce the country's digital gap.

Leo Heileman, Equatorial Guinea country director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), attended on behalf UN system agencies. UNDP is one of the supporters of the project.

The TICGE project was founded in February 2012 in Malabo as part of the Action Plan of the World Summit on the Information Society through Popularization of Information and Communication Technology.

The Obiang's Administration hopes to spur development and create opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship through programs such as the TICGE project. Strengthening the technology sector is one of the Government's top priorities. 

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República 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. ="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50152514@N07/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea