Champion of a diverse economy
This article was originally published in the Africa Energy Series: Equatorial Guinea book.
His Excellency, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, First Vice President Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President of the Republic for National Defense and State Security, His Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, has taken a leading role in the development of the country, often making diplomatic trips abroad to further international coordination and receiving high-ranking officials within the country.
In 2017, H.E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue led a delegation to the People’s Republic of China where important agreements were signed, notably between GEPetrol and state-owned Chinese companies. This year, he received a delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by Almazid Mohammed, Vice-Minister for Defense; the Angolan Minister for Foreign Relations Manuel Augusto; and Chang Wan Quan, Minister for Defense for the People’s Republic of China.
The national vision
He has pushed for the development of a diversified economy based on the energy sector, mining, fishing and agri- culture.
H.E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, charged with national defense and state security, was appointed vice president of the country in June 2016 by Presidential Decree 55/2016.
Previously, he was appointed the Second Vice President for Defense and State Security in 2012, a role he held until his appointment to the position of First Vice President. He also served as the Minister of State for Agriculture and Forestry.
The Vice President has a passion for the conservation of resources, representing Equatorial Guinea at the World Forum on Water in March 2018.
“In contrast to other natural resources, water is not valued in people’s minds in the same way as oil or natural gas. This situation should change; this World Forum on Water should support initiatives for better use,” he said at the summit.
“The responsibility we have is enormous, and our actions today will have profound consequences for future generations. We have the political and moral obligation to ensure a better, prosperous future for our children. We must make every effort to resolve any tensions regarding access to water.”
In 2010 H.E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue was appointed President of the Youth Federation of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (FJPDGE). During this election, he said he aimed to build “trust between generations.”