Equatorial Guinea Signs Agreement with the Holy See

Agapito Mba Mokuy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, represented the Government of Equatorial Guinea before the Apostolic Nuncio, Piero Pioppo, on October 13 at the headquarters of the Church of the Immaculate in Mongomo. With 19 articles and additional protocol, the agreement is an important step closer to the Catholic Church. “The signing of this agreement gives us satisfaction and the government will comply the established clauses,” said President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. He continued by adding,  ”Our activities are tied to the established religions in the country and our desire is for our country to have religious unity.”

The Head of State assured that the government maintains very good relations with religious institutions of this country, indicating the acceptance of the priests hired by the government to assist in the training of Equatorial Guinean youth.

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Charity Golf Tournament 2012

Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the first charity golf tournament created to raise funds against cancer in Equatorial Guinea will take place this weekend at the Sofitel Sipopo Le Golf course.

The event will begin on Saturday at 10am for player registration. All the attendees will enjoy a putting tournament and a challenging game in the practice course, among other entertaining activities.

The opening ceremony of the charity tournament will take place with a cocktail party at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 23. During the ceremony, there will be a draw to pick teams and tee-off times for the tournament on Sunday, which will be played as a couples scramble.

Photo courtesy of guineaecuatorialpress.com.

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Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Honored in Suriname

Equatorial Guinea’s Head of State recently went to Suriname on an official visit at the invitation of President Désiré Delano Bouterse, who awarded him the Medal of Grand Master of the Honorable Order of the Yellow Star and Carrier of the Sign the Great Order.

This visit comes only shortly after diplomatic relations between the two countries have been established. Both Heads of State said the diplomatic alliance was a manifestation of the aspirations of strengthening cooperation between the two governments and peoples.

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Miss Equatorial Guinea to Enter Miss Universe Competition for First Time

For the first time, Miss Equatorial Guinea, Lidia Avomo, will be participating in the Miss Universe international beauty pageant. The last Miss Universe was African, in particular, the Angolan contestant, Leila Lopes da Costa Vieira, whose victory has inspired EG’s participation in the next competition. EG’s director of the international beauty pageant has not crossed his arms, and has sent the request to participate so that Equatorial Guinea will compete in the 2012 Miss Universe competition.

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Voluntourism for Everyone

Volunteers help plant rice in Bangladesh

In the United States and Europe, it’s increasingly common for students, young adults and even families to spend a semester or a summer vacation volunteering in the villages, orphanages, or clinics of a developing country.

However, the associated expenses drastically narrow the volunteer pool. At a cost of about $3,000 plus airfare for a single month, volunteerism is usually regarded as a luxury for most people. Voluntary Services Overseas, a UK-based charity, is working to change this by helping to establish programs focused on ‘secure livelihoods’, ‘HIV and Aids’, ‘Health’, ‘Education’, ‘Disability’ and ‘Participation and Governance’ all over the world.

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

If you are going to live in or visit Equatorial Guinea, its a great idea to take the time to enroll in the U.S. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), something recommended for anyone traveling overseas. You can tell the U.S. embassy about your trip by enrolling in the program, and this way, you’ll be kept up to date on important, local and world-wide safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in case of an emergency. Additionally, U.S. citizens without access to the Internet may register directly at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy in Malabo to contact them for any circumstance.

U.S. Embassy in Malabo
Carretera de Aeropuerto KM-3 (El Paraíso)
Apartado 95
Telephone: 240- 333-098-895
Facisimile: 240-333-09-88-94

Click here for additional embassies and information.

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The Languages of Equatorial Guinea

Did you know that there are 14 languages spoken in all of Equatorial Guinea, all of which are in use?

While the most commonly spoken languages are English, Spanish and French, there are many more living languages that will be sure to peak your curiosity for the country.

Click here for a full list of languages.

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The Shore of Corisco in Ecuatorial Guinea

Part of Ecuatorial Guinea, Corisco is a tiny piece of land in the Atlantic that although small, is extremely rich in flora and natural sights. The land is both flat and uneven, due to volcanic peaks, and is covered by natural woodland. Among the islands dispersed throughout the Gulf of Guinea, Corisco is often times referred to as “the Tahiti of Africa”, offering quiet, untouched beauty that is quickly becoming a destination for the adventurous few interested in exploring new lands.

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