FAO Director-General meets with President of Equatorial Guinea
28 April 2014, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today held a meeting with the President of the Republicof Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, in Rome for the canonization events of popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
The FAO head informed President Obiang of progress made to date under the auspices of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. Created in February 2013 and operating under FAO management, the fund was initially capitalized with a $30 million donation by Equatorial Guinea.
"African countries must to move beyond the stage of being aid-recipienta to become donors. And this is what we are doing," said Obiang in remarks following the meeting.
"As highlighted by FAO's Director-General, some African countries have already made contributions to other African countries. We start with Africa. because Africa has more needs," said Obiang. "I am pleased that the fund is allocated to countries like the Central African Republic, Mali, Ethiopia, and others."
Obiang commended FAO for its support to the Central African Republic and expressed concern about the situation in that country. In this regard, the Director General confirmed FAO’s support for agriculture in the country's agriculture and in order to prevent the intensification of food security concerns there.
Graziano da Silva also informed the president of his participation in the upcoming Summit of the African Union, to be held in June 2014.
He reiterated FAO’s support for Equatorial Guinea in the priority areas highlight by the president during their talk, including the development of the poultry industry, support for training in agriculture, and the protection of natural resources.
The Extraordinary Summit of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) held in Maputo in February this year issued a recommendation for Equatorial Guinea's accession to the organization.