Obiang To Build Economic Ties On Asia Trip

Jul 18, 2012, 17:01 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Participates in the 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Equatorial Guinea's President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is traveling to Beijing, China to attend the 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The conference will last from July 19-20th and will focus on ways to strengthen China-Africa relations and enhance trade.

According to Chen Deming, China's commerce minister who was quoted in the China Daily, China-Africa trade hit a record high of $166.3 billion in 2011. He stated that China's investment in Africa reached $14.7 billion by the end of 2011 with over 2,000 Chinese businesses located in the region.

Under the theme "build on past achievements and open up new prospects for the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership," this year's forum will review the progress made since the 2009 conference in Egypt and develop a plan for the next few years.

More than 50 African countries, including Equatorial Guinea, will participate in FOCAC this year. Together, they will work with China to improve dialogue, stimulate development and address issues of mutual interest.

President Obiang's participation in FOCAC 2012 reflects the government of Equatorial Guinea's recent efforts to expand trade relations, encourage foreign investment in Equatorial Guinea, and seek a broader range of development partners.

This May, President Obiang participated in Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, and in February, he met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to discuss strengthened bilateral relations.

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. ="" 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




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