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President Obiang in the G-77+China Summit

President Obiang in the G-77+China Summit

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Bolivia hosted, on June 14 and 15, the meeting of this organization that brought together 133 countries, representing nearly two-thirds of the world's nations. The Head of State of Equatorial Guinea, in his speech, requested the strengthening of South-South cooperation. The theme of the event was "For a New World Order for Living Well".

Approximately 26 Heads of State and Government and representatives of major international organizations attended the Summit of the Group of 77+China, which in reality includes about 133 countries from around the world, and therefore represents almost two-thirds of the world population. The meeting in Bolivia also coincides with the anniversary of the first half century of this intergovernmental organization of developing countries.

As Bolivia is the current seat of the presidency of the G-77, it was also the venue where the meeting took place, specifically in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a town of the Department of Santa Cruz.

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, represented our country and was one of the many heads of state that participated in this important event. It was also attended by the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, the Vice President of the People's Assembly of China, Chen Zhu; the Zambian President, Michael Chilufya Sata; that of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete; that of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe; that of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa; that of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; that of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner; that of Ecuador, Rafael Correa; that of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, and that of Cuba, Raul Castro, among others.

The opening of the summit was held on Saturday, June 14, in a ceremony held at the Siriono Hall, with the welcoming speech of the Mayor of the Autonomous Municipal Government of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Percy Fernandez, and the Governor of the Department of Santa Cruz, Ruben Costas.

After that the President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, John W. Ashe, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon spoke in the opening, who recalled that "The Group of 77 was established starting from the fundamental premise that all countries, big and small, rich and poor, deserve to have the same voice in world affairs." Ban Ki-moon also said that "the G-77 has allowed the Southern part of the world to speak with a common voice."

The initial event concluded with the speech of the Constitutional President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, who is also the Acting President of the G-77, and prompted a series of tasks to build a new world, a society in which to live well: "The only architects capable of building their future are the people themselves,” said the Bolivian president, adding that“the time of the southern nations has come. Before, we were colonized and enslaved, and with our stolen work the empires of the North were built. Today, another world is necessary, because otherwise, there will be no possible world".

After the opening ceremony, the leaders of the G77 member countries attended an official dinner hosted at the event.

Supporting South-South cooperation

On Sunday, June 15, the plenary session was held with the participation of all member countries.

During this meeting, the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, said that South-South cooperation is a reality, and emphasized the need to strengthen this cooperation, so that the developing countries can support themselves through processes such as the creation of institutions to support their economic activities, among others.

Text: Javier Obama Nsue Nchama (Presidential Press) and Ines Ortega (D.G.B.I.).

Photos: Ministry of Communication of Bolivia.

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

 

   
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