Equatorial Guinea Launches Training Programs In Safety, Education

Aug 29, 2013, 12:55 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of Equatorial Guinea has launched two international training programs aimed at building capacity in the natural-resources sector and improving education and literacy.

Equatorial Guinea has partnered with Hydrac, a company that safeguards installations and investments for the petroleum industry in Cameroon and the Gulf of Guinea region, to provide training and technical assistance. A delegation of specialists in control and inspection from the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy received initial training during a recent visit to Cameroon.

The oil sector has played a major role in Equatorial Guinea's development, and the government is investing heavily to build capacity in the sector. The Minister for the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, has signed several technical cooperation agreements, including this latest one for cooperation in training and technical assistance. This agreement includes provisions for hosting various information and awareness seminars for industrial operators in control and periodic inspections.

During the delegation's visit to Cameroon, the members agreed to hold a seminar on industrial risks at the end of the year in the capital city of Malabo. The first nine-month training program will focus on oil, quarry and mine inspection.

"The noticeable development of Equatorial Guinea's oil sector is a top priority for the government and its efforts to invest in the training of the sector is of great national importance for the efficient utilization and management of the country's natural resources," said Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.

Both sides stressed the importance of this type of agreement to strengthen south-south cooperation, which is essential to the development of the economies of the Republic of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

"Yes, I Can" Program
Earlier this week, Maria Leonor Epam Biribe, Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Social Affairs, and Pedro Dona Santana, Cuba's ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, signed an agreement to implement a Cuban teaching method, a successful international teaching program that has been validated by UNESCO and other international organizations. The program will start with the placement of a consultant in Equatorial Guinea to support the country's literacy program for adults, youth and adolescents with a program called 'Yes I can'.

Equatorial Guinea has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa.

The 'Yes I can' program, developed by the Latin American and Caribbean Pedagogical Institute (IPLAC) in Cuba, has proven successful in countries like Uruguay, where the program was adapted to improve the teaching materials and methodology used in the country. Equatorial Guinea expects to see vast improvements with the implementation of this program.

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 hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea