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Ambassador Series - Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba Equatorial Guinea

Ambassador Series - Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba Equatorial Guinea

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The government of Equatorial Guinea has been a leader in the African continent and has established successful reforms and programs in the country, and its neighbors are doing the same, Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, permanent representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, told attendees at a panel on “African Solutions, African Problems,” held at the Peace Islands Institute in partnership with the Journalists and Writers Foundation.
The government of Equatorial Guinea has been a leader in the African continent and has established successful reforms and programs in the country, and its neighbors are doing the same, Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, permanent representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, told attendees at a panel on “African Solutions, African Problems,” held at the Peace Islands Institute in partnership with the Journalists and Writers Foundation.

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Africa’s Growing Influence on the Global Stage
H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba
April 16, 2014
Mr. Chairman, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, Let me at the outset express my sincere thanks and appreciation on behalf of my Government, our Permanent Mission and myself, for inviting me to this very important event of Ambassadors Series: “African Solutions, African Problems”, as an honorary Speaker. Africa is indeed the birthplace of humanity and the cradle of civilization. As such, Africa has had a significant impact on the development and evolution of mankind. Historically, long before the advent of colonialism, Africa had established astronomy, mathematics and architectural science as evidenced in the magnificent pyramids of Egypt. Additionally, during the pre-colonial era the continent had well established local economies, a judicial and social order based on various traditional chiefdoms and kingdoms, one example of this is the Ashanti kingdom in Ghana. These African advancements have influenced other regions of the world with lasting impact. Africa’s influence on the world can also be seen in its culture especially in terms of her art and music. Renowned European artists like Pablo Picasso painted in a style, which was strongly influenced by African sculpture now regarded as Picasso's African Period. Africa’s musical influence continues to be felt
 
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around the world from American pop and jazz to Cuban rumba, Africa’s culture permeates the world. Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: Even during the colonial period, Africa’s impact on Western Europe and the New World was undeniable. As the “scramble” for Africa by Western powers intensified, much of Africa’s wealth, in terms of her raw materials was transferred from Africa to the West and African skilled labor was later employed through the infamous Trans-Atlantic slave trade to work in the fields as well as build infrastructure in the New World such as roads and buildings. Against this introductory background, I will now focus on post colonial and contemporary Africa, her political and economic resurgence and end with the new Africa paradigm.
AFRICA’S POLITICAL INFLUENCE
In recent years many African nations celebrated an important milestone of 50 years of independence. At the same time, this milestone also marks a continent that has come of age and is determined to chart its own independent course. From a political perspective, Africa has made significant progress. There are more democratically elected governments and multi party states today than at any time since independence. Political pluralism has taken root in almost the entire Continent and is strongly supported by the African Union. Governance has also improved and there have been many successful reforms and many more are underway. In Equatorial Guinea for example,
H.E. President OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO
 signed and officially promulgated Fundamental Law Reform on February 16 2012. This reform
 
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stipulates that Equatorial Guinea rests on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights (also known as the Banjul Charter) with the goal of promoting and protecting human rights and basic freedoms on the African continent. Furthermore, the Law reform in Equatorial Guinea also requires equal rights and protection under the law as well as gender equality. Several other African countries have either implemented or are implementing similar reforms that advance the rule of law and improve governance. Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen: The African Union is growing in stature in the continent as it plays an even greater role in promoting regional peace and security. Internationally, African countries are also playing a greater role as international partners by contributing to UN peacekeeping efforts around the world.
AFRICA’S ECONOMIC INFLUENCE
Africa’s impact on the world’s economy through its natural resources is ever present; whether in the form of fine jewelry manufactured from precious minerals mined in South Africa or Botswana or oil drilled from Nigeria or Equatorial Guinea, or steel manufactured from iron ore mines in Guinea and Sierra Leone to delectable chocolate manufactured from cocoa beans grown in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, and coltan used in the manufacture of electronic devices we use in our daily lives mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa remains an integral part of the world economy with a strong influence on global commodity markets. Africa is by far the richest confinement in terms of endowment in natural resources; its manufacturing base, however, remains a small fraction of her true potential.

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