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Key Focus Areas: Youth Access to Education, Employment and Professional Development

BATA (July 27, 2010) – A three-day special session of the first “Youth Congress,” sponsored by
the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) in the city of Bata, drew attention to many
challenges facing Equatorial Guinea’s youth and formulated recommendations to address
numerous areas, including access to low-income housing and higher education for the country’s
citizens. In addition, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the country’s Minister of Agriculture
and Forestry, was unanimously elected president of the Youth Federation of the PDGE, Allied
Youth Partnerships and Labor Affairs for his work in support of Equatorial Guinea’s youth.

(For video of the Congress and panel sessions, visit

“We want our young people to distinguish themselves by focusing on the values of honor,
dignity and defending the interests of the people of Equatorial Guinea,” said President of
Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who presided over the Congress. He also
advocated for the preservation of peace, political stability, training and compliance with the
ideology to “do good and avoid evil.”

Hundreds of youth and PDGE district councils were in attendance. Guinean government
officials, diplomatic corps, various representatives of neighboring African governments—
including Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Angola and Cameroon—the United Nations and
representatives of opposition parties were also present during the three days.

The Minister of Agriculture said that the main purpose of the youth associations in the country is
to promote leadership, and to serve and defend the interests of the people of Equatorial Guinea.
The first Youth Congress was themed, “Together building the future in confidence.”

The four main objectives of the Youth Congress were to:

1. Create an environment that gives an opportunity for the voices of the country’s youth to
be heard.
2. Renew the structure and the functions of the party to accommodate and reflect the present
3. Attract young people to actively participate in the political process.
4. Wisely and gradually prepare for a generational change in an orderly and harmonious
manner, with a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect between young and old.

In his line of objectives, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said: “We should give ourselves in
our entirety to activities in productive sectors such as agriculture, sea and river fishing, crafts,
trade, small, medium and industrial enterprises that allow youth a level of responsible living, and
to move away from political and economic corruption.”

He suggested that a “pact of trust between generations” should exist, because to “ignore the
essential nature of the link between the elderly and young people is to ignore the realities of the
history of our peoples and of humanity…. The PDGE youth must leave this Congress with a
fresh mind and be certain that our ancestors have brought us national freedom and independence.
A change of mentality is needed.”

The Congress kicked off with remarks by President Obiang and the Minister of Agriculture and
welcome words from the delegations of the Democratic Party of Gabon and Gabon’s Youth
Association, Democratic Congress of Ghana, Democratic Reunification of Cameroonian People,
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, and Governmental Independence Party of the
Kingdom of Morocco. Delegates also heard from the National University of Equatorial Guinea
(UNGE) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council (CICTE).

On the second day of the Congress, national experts, party leaders and top government officials,
addressed various topics of interest during panel discussions and took questions from the
audience. Panel sessions on Youth and National Identity, Youth and Education, Youth and
Access to Jobs, Youth and Access to Housing, Youth and Agriculture Sector and Business
Culture, and Youth and Professional Development addressed current challenges and provided
recommendations. On the final day, closing remarks were delivered by President Obiang and the
Minister of Agriculture was sworn in as president of the Youth Federation of the PDGE.

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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