Equatorial Guinea Shows Solidarity Toward Somalia Famine Victims

Aug 26, 2011, 15:03 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Equatorial Guinean President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo organized a charity dinner, at the Hotel 3 de Agosto, to help raise funds toward Somalia famine victims. President Obiang continued to call for united international community help and encouraged his fellow citizens to contribute to the relief effort.

"This is the first time Africa is showing solidarity toward an African cause," said AU chairman and president of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the AU international conference held yesterday in Addis Ababa.

President Obiang called on individuals in the private and public sectors of his country to contribute to this cause. The government has established a system for citizens to make contributions at local banks. The government has already contributed two million Euros to help the severe famine affecting the lives of over eleven million people in Somalia. This is another effort from the government to show Equatorial Guinea's policy of promoting unity and solidarity.

Equatorial Guinea's effort toward a unified and prosperous nation is one of the development goals established by President Obiang in his ambitious Horizon 2020 program.

The First Deputy Prime Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs, Minister of the National Security, Minister Secretary-General of the Presidency, Minister of Labor and Social Security, Vice minister of Information, Tourism and culture, NGOs and public institutions were among the attendees.

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