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President Obiang Inaugurates New Airport and Trade Port on the Island

MALABO (October 14, 2010) – For the first time, the people of Equatorial Guinea (Republica
de Guinea Ecuatorial) celebrated the country’s Anniversary of Independence on the small,
remote island of Annóbon. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and First Lady Constancia
Mangue de Obiang joined hundreds of Equatoguineans, government officials, diplomats,
business leaders, and international organizations who traveled to the island for the three day
event and the official opening of a new modern airport and port facility.

The opening ceremony of the 42nd Independence Day Celebration took place in the city of San
Antonio de Pale, on the tarmac of the newly constructed airport of Annobón. Following speeches
from various government officials and business leaders, President Obiang addressed the audience
and extended congratulations to the whole nation on its independence.

In his speech, the President took stock of the history of Annobón, reiterating that the island "was
the most affected by the colonial system and that it had been completely neglected, with very
little communication, and had no port or airport…. For the first time, Annobón is hosting a large
contingent of the nation, in commemoration of our national independence, and today it becomes
the capital of Equatorial Guinea, thanks to modern urban infrastructure of the capital of Pale, its
magnificent new airport and its port facility. "

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo wanted to make clear that the large investment being
undertaken on the island was not for short-term profitability, but for the future: "These works are
not based on economic returns, but based on the economic demand to end the criticism that
Annobón is a deserted island. From now on, we also have to promote social activities to attract

The President also referred to those and many fellow Africans "who still think that Africa's
development can only come from the hands of foreigners" and made clear his opinion that:
"Equatorial Guinea, by itself, can reach the level of other countries…. This year, many African
states celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence, and we stand with them. However,
independence is not only the absence foreign rule. Independence means being able to meet the
needs of the people. And this must always be the aim of our future. "

To applause, President Obiang concluded his remarks and expressed hope that "when Equatorial
Guinea reaches it’s 50th anniversary of independence, the country will reach an outstanding level,
and be an emerging state. "

Following his speech, President Obiang accompanied by the First Lady and honored guests
toured the new terminal and port to witness the completion of the projects.

Among attendees of the National Independence Day celebration, Prime Minister Ignacio Milam
Tang, Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Minister
of Infrastructure and Public Works, Marcelino Oyono Ntutumu, and those of Health and Social
Welfare, Justice, and Information, Culture and Tourism were present. Additionally, the
ambassadors of France and Spain and embassy representatives of Cuba, Morocco, Venezuela,
Gabon, Chad, and China, along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
representative, Leo Heileman, and foreign companies operating in the country attended the

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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