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NEW YORK (September 22, 2010) – At a high level meeting on the Millennium Development
Goals during the 65th United Nation’s General Assembly, Equatorial Guinea (República de
Guinea Ecuatorial) demonstrated it’s ongoing commitment to overcoming the challenges posed
by the global economic crisis in achieving the goals set out in the Millennium Declaration.

During his remarks to the Assembly, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International
Cooperation and Francophonie, Pastor Micha Ondo Bile outlined various initiatives the country
is undertaking to comply with its own Horizon 2020 development plan, which includes many of
the benchmarks set in the UN Millennium Development Goals.

“To mitigate the effects of poverty and meet the Millennium Declaration, the Government of
Equatorial Guinea has embarked on a strategic planning process long-term development, which
has led to the holding of two national economic conferences,” said Minister Ondo Bile.

In recent years, Equatorial Guinea’s economic performance has been particularly outstanding, in
large part to the discovery and operation of major oilfields. In order to diversify and ensure
sustainability of the country’s economy – once reliant mainly on timber and cocoa exports – the
government has convened two National Economic Conferences and defined new directions for
economic and social policies to move the country toward an emergent and sustainable economy
by 2020.

The “Horizon 2020” development plan, set in motion by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in
2007, outlined 5 major goals:

• Invest in strengthening economic growth;

• Strengthen the development of structured investments;
• Promote and strengthen the development of social policy actions;
• Ensure a transparent social climate; and,
• Develop the prospects for better monitoring and evaluation of poverty and living
conditions of households.

“The vision of sustainable development by 2020 adopted by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
means achieving the Millennium Development Goals through the multiplication of our efforts,
expanding the sources of production and training human resources to achieve appropriate levels
of growth for a competitive economy, capable of eradicating poverty and hunger, as defined
under the current Action Plan for the Development of Equatorial Guinea by Horizon 2020.”

One of the government-wide efforts to meet all the Millennium Development Goals set by
United Nations, the Malaria Control Project on the Island of Bioko, funded by the government
and a private consortium led by Marathon Oil Corporation, showed a reduction in infant
mortality in nearly one third of the population. Equatorial Guinea's Island of Bioko achieved the
United Nation's Millennium Development Goals for the reduction of child mortality by 2015 far
ahead of schedule.
Numerous other initiatives in education, healthcare, infrastructure and economic development
are underway in Equatorial Guinea to meet the Horizon 2020 and Millennium Development

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República 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


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