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Government Infrastructure Projects Dynamically Changing Face of the Nation

MALABO (October 15, 2010) - The inauguration of the new Annobón airport and trade port
were the central events of Equatorial Guinea’s (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) Independence
Day Celebration. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo commissioned the construction of the two
facilities in an effort to foster economic growth through access to the remote island province.

The two robust infrastructure projects were executed by Somagec (a Moroccan company) and
fully funded by the government. The Annobón airport is part of a much larger national
development plan undertaken by President Obiang’s administration to increase development
across the country.

“To mitigate the effects of poverty and meet the Millennium Declaration, the Government of
Equatorial Guinea has embarked on a strategic planning process for long-term development,”
said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pastor Micha Ondo in September at the United Nations
General Assembly in New York City.

So far, the administration has made rapid progress in improving and expanding Equatorial
Guinea’s island and mainland transportation infrastructure, as well as electrification projects,
such as the construction of the Djibloho Hydroelectric and Distribution Plant which will generate
over 220 kilowatts to supply electricity to the mainland region. Transportation and energy are
two of several areas of initiatives the Equatorial Guinean government is focusing its
development resources on. Projects in telecommunications, education and health are also in the

The Annobón airport and trade port are two massive, state-of-the-art infrastructure projects that
will bring an end to the isolation that has always characterized the island province. Prior to the
construction of the new airport, the island only had a short runway that caused significant risk for
arriving aircraft. The runway now has been extended to approximately 600 meters to allow for
large passenger and commercial flights to land safely on the island.

At the opening ceremony of the 42nd Independence Day Celebration, held on the Annobón
airport’s tarmac, representatives from Somagec and General Works, the firms tasked with
building the Annobón airport and other ongoing projects, along with Minister of Public Works
and Infrastructure, Marcelino Oyono Ntutumu, addressed the public to report on the details of the
projects already completed, and those underway.

The new port on Annobón, which makes the island accessible for trade, with capacity to dock
large tonnage ships and passenger ferries, totaled an investment of approximately €100 million.
In addition to the airport and port, the Equatorial Guinean government has also funded a series of
public housing blocks in Annobón built by General Works and there are several other projects
planned, including: water systems, the construction of a junior high school and a police station,
totaling a government investment of approximately €200 million.
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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