Equatorial Guinea - China Relations
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on October 15, 1970, the relationship between China and Equatorial Guinea has been developing smoothly. In recent years, high-level exchanges between the two countries are close, political mutual trust has been enhanced, and mutually beneficial cooperation has made important progress, and the exchanges in various fields have been increasing day by day.
On 14 January 2015 local time, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea met with visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bata. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed that Equatorial Guinea regards China as true and good friend and is firmly committed to further deepening mutually beneficial cooperation. Equatorial Guinea hopes that it could gain continuous support and help from the Chinese side in promoting industrialization process and economic transformation and expects the Chinese side to play a greater role in helping Africa realize security and development. Wang Yi expressed that China cherished its traditional friendship with Equatorial Guinea and stands ready to further consolidate political mutual trust and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to translate traditional friendship into the cooperative outcomes with mutual benefit and win-win results. China is also willing to promote the sustainable development in cooperation of traditional fields such as energy and industry, intensify mutually beneficial cooperation in advancing the industrialization of Equatorial Guinea and take agriculture and marine economy as the key fields in future bilateral cooperation.
One of Equatorial Guinea's advantages is its strategic geographical position, which is among the Gulf of Guinea. This could as well be the gateway for the Communauté Économique & Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), a market of up to 300 million people. EG’s ports reflect the country’s modern infrastructure and are key to attracting new investments to the country. The development of ports had been rendered obsolete, so the government decided to expand some ports: Malabo and Bata, the two most significant ones, where most of the oil companies' imports go through. All the commodities that companies will bring for the development of a business, inclunding the commodities that will be exported, will go through the ports.
On 05 November 2012, a 20000t bulk carrier berthed at Bata Port in Equatorial Guinea, marking the success of the maiden voyage of the 50000t terminal of the port undertaken by CRBC and constructed by CCCC First Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd. The reconstruction and extension of Bata Port is a project under the cooperative framework agreement between the governments of China and Equatorial Guinea. With a full length of 570.5 meters, a width of 163.65 meters, a water depth of -14.5 meters and a coastline of 500 meters, the terminal, a jetty in gravity caisson structure, has five berths, including two 50000t berths, two 35000t berths and one 10000t berth. The project was of great significance to improving the throughput of the port in Equatorial Guinea, boosting the modernization level of the port and pushing forward local social and economic development.
Expansion of Bata Port in Equatorial Guinea in 2014 included the construction of four 50,000 DWT and seven 20,000 DWT general cargo berths, breakwaters in total length of 2,433m, and associated facilites in the backup land area. The reconstruction project of Bata port (US$650 million contract value) in Equatorial Guinea was undertaken by CCCC First Harbor Engineering Company Ltd.
When the renovations in the ports of Malabo and Bata – where the government has been mostly focused – started, the initial thing that was mentioned was their depth, so as to know what type of vessels would be able approaching in. Malabo and the Bata ports are 16-18 meters deep, which implies the capacity to bring bigger vessels, such as Panamax ships. These are containerships, which could easily come in without any problems related to depth. When it comes to the types of cranes we have, these are modern ones, in order to expedite processes. In the Bata port, which was renovated by a Chinese company, the government demanded that it should be fully industrialized and equipped, for example in the docking, unloading, containers and cold containers areas; whatever equipment is needed in order to move all the commodities that could come.
The friendly relationship and cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea sustained sound development in 2013. Steady progress was made in the cooperation between the two countries in various fields. The construction of the Chinese-assisted Malabo Building project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Equatorial Guinea proceeded smoothly. Projects assisted by China under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, such as the building of a vocational school and a demonstration farm and the donation of solar cells, went well underway.
Equatorial capital Malabo is located on the island of Bioko, a beautiful city, where the high-rise buildings are not too many, The Chinese government built the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, a particularly eye-catching government office building which has become a new city landmark Malabo. There are dozens of marble columns around the tower, appears to the atmosphere, solemn, the pattern on the outer wall is the image of the red country tree tree cotton. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is under construction by Huashan International. Building covers an area of 12,483 square meters, with a total construction area of 8400 square meters, there are five floors, the project on April 1, 2012 began construction, January 14, 2015 delivery to the government.
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