Government Defends Commitment to Upholding Professionalism and Transparency
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea
April 17, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an interview with
President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Government of Equatorial Guinea
, stated it maintains
strict control of State revenues
"All the money is collected by the State," said President Obiang. "No one can touch that money." He then continued to discuss the various businesses that he and his family own, including his son's companies in the forestry sector.
"I advise my family to work," he said, "and to have companies and firms that will allow them to earn money besides the money they receive from the state. I cannot take money from the state either, so I have my own companies."
The interview took place a day before two French judges requested an arrest warrant for the
Minister of Agriculture, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue
who was accused of using "ill-gotten gains" to purchase property in
. In response, President Obiang stated that his son is an entrepreneur. "He owns infrastructure companies abroad. For example, he works with a company in
for roadwork. He did not take money… all the state money is secured."
"If there are countries or international organizations that suspect that
is a corrupt country, I invite them to make a request to conduct their investigations here," He continued. "You cannot judge or criticize a state without knowing the situation to its core."
The Republic of
has experienced rapid development and growth in various fields, including the industrial and oil sector. According to President Obiang, the recently accumulated wealth from exploitation of its petroleum and natural gas resources is to be widely distributed among the public and is an opportunity for
to help find solutions to long-standing problems and participate in efforts to relieve suffering. For this reason,
is a frequent contributor of humanitarian relief efforts, most recently sending
400 tonnes to the Congo Republic
and before to
in 2010 after the tsunami.
About Equatorial Guinea
Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial
) is the only Spanish-speaking country in
, 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 hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit