Equatorial Guinea: Past, Present And Future
21 Aug, 2012, 04:43 ET
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the second day of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Summit, Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Agustin Nze Nfumu, Minister of Information, Press and Radio discussed the past, present and future of Equatorial Guinea in an open forum titled "De-mystifying Equatorial Guinea."
"Equatorial Guinea is committed to move forward. We have heavily invested in infrastructure, education, health care, and human capital, among other things. This year UNESCO reported a 93% literacy rate in Equatorial Guinea, the best in the region. We have La Paz Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility," said Minister Mba Mokuy.
He also disputed charges of lack of political freedom in the country, saying, "Our country has political freedom. We count with 13 political parties, many of which are in the government."
The Foreign Minister highlighted the country's increased growing international involvement. Fifteen years ago, he said no one knew where Equatorial Guinea was; he said now everyone knows. He said the people support President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo because he brought them out of misery.
"Equatorial Guinea is setting an example for Africa on how to effectively use oil resources to move forward," said Minister Nze Nfumu, adding, "After our independence [in 1968], we had three professionals in the country; today we have a national university that graduates hundreds of students every year."
Both ministers stressed that Equatorial Guinea is open to the media. They invited guests to come to the country and see with their own eyes what the country has to offer. The Horizon 2020 development plan is President Obiang's vision to prepare the country for the decline of oil production and strengthen the physical, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure for a diverse economy.
Today's agenda was focused on Africa's intensified efforts to develop its human capital. Discussions at the plenary session dealt with innovative approaches to African-led partnerships in relation to peacekeeping, post-conflict reconciliation and the protection of citizens for socio-economic growth. The second day also focused on increasing youth involvement, investing in higher education, and leadership-training programs for building effective sustainable education programs.
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 The Republic of Equatorial Guinea
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