Ambassador Furuta-Toy’s Remarks at the Equatorial Guinea Gas Summit, October 4, 2018

Since my arrival in Malabo almost 3 years ago, I have reminded the Government, His Excellency the President, and the public that my goals for the country are to help expand the Democratic space, diversify the economy, and ensure that the programs of the U.S. government and U.S. companies benefit the people of Equatorial Guinea.  ...
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Ambassador Attends International Day of Youth Event

On August 11, Ambassador Julie Furuta-Toy attended an event organized by Equality and Human Rights for Women in Africa Director Anastasia Nzang Nze at the Sede del Punto de Información Juvenil de Guinea Ecuatorial. The event, which featured speeches, dances, poetry, songs, and games, marked the International Day of Youth  and celebrated gender equality.
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Equatorial Guinea’s 2371 Implementation Report Response

The government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has begun its tenure on the United Nations Security Council with important accomplishments to bring peace and stability to a world full of challenges.  Officials are representing their country well.  Nevertheless, members of the United Nations Security Council also must serve as role models and the Equatoguinean ...
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Equatoguinean Government Must Take Positive Advantage of Opportunities

When I arrived in Equatorial Guinea and presented my credentials to President Obiang, I stated that my goals as Ambassador were to work with the Government of Equatorial Guinea to help expand the democratic space, diversify the economy, and ensure our programs benefit the people of Equatorial Guinea. The Government’s own National Dialogue, celebrated in ...
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Ambassador Furuta-Toy to Equatoguineans: U.S. Academic Institutions Welcome You!

Every year, students from more than 150 countries grace the halls of institutions of higher learning throughout the United States.  Do you want to be one of them? Are you considering an overseas experience at a community college, a four-year college or university, or a technical school?  If you are, the United States may be ...
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Op-ed from Ambassador Furuta-Toy: Equatorial Guinea’s Greatest Resource

President Obiang and the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea participated in the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017.  As a future non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea seems to be considering its role in the international arena and ...
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Ambassador’s Self Help Fund Donates a new roof to the Batete Community/Cultural Center

August 8, Ambassador Futura-Toy attended the final presentation of  a Self-Help donation to add a new roof to the community cultural and social center in Batete.  The addition and renovation makes it possible to conduct activities and presentations in the space in all seasons.  The Batete mayor and other officials were present for a children’s ...
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The Way Forward to End Trafficking in Persons in Equatorial Guinea

On June 27, 2017, the Secretary of State released the seventeenth annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in a public event at the State Department.  The title of this year’s TIP Report is “Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts.”  The report focuses on the specific responsibility of governments under the Palermo Protocol ...
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Ambassador Furuta-Toy’ 4th of July Remarks

Independence Day Celebration June 29, 2017 Hilton Hotel – Malabo   It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you all to our celebration, to commemorate the 241st anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. Allow me to take this opportunity to thank the entire Embassy staff who made this event possible.  Many ...
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Department of State Human Rights Report: Concerns about Equatorial Guinea

Last month, the Department of State released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  The Human Rights Reports document the human rights situation in 199 countries and territories around the world.  Every year, diplomats and staff at U.S. embassies and consulates work with human rights activists, governments, non-governmental organizations, and colleagues in Washington to ...
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Thoughts on the Democratic Process in Equatorial Guinea

The United States remains committed to supporting the free and full participation of the Equatoguinean people in the electoral processes for the current and future elections.  The U.S. Embassy has consistently encouraged the Government to ensure that its National Electoral Commission is truly independent of influence from the governmental administration, that all political parties in ...
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Ambassador Furuta-Toy’ Introductory Message

I am really pleased to be here.  As the new American Ambassador, I hope we can continue to promote the goals that will help you expand your democratic space, diversify your economy and increase the economic, health, and educational opportunities for all of your citizens. I hope the U.S. Embassy’s programs in EG will demonstrate ...
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President Obama Makes Historic Visits to Kenya and Ethiopia

President Barack Obama has just completed historic visits to Kenya and Ethiopia.  This was the first time that a sitting U.S. president had visited either country. On July 25, President Obama and President Kenyatta opened the 6th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), co-hosted by the United States and the Government of Kenya.  The President announced ...
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Earth Day 2015

On April 22,   the 45th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated here in Equatorial Guinea and throughout the world.   In the United States, Earth Day is recognized as one of the founding events of the modern environmental movement.  I remember attending the very first celebration of Earth Day in 1970 when I was a college ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Following the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris on January 10 against journalists at French magazine Charlie Hebdo and customers at the Hyper Cacher supermarket that took the lives of 16 innocent people and injured dozens more, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron wrote a joint opinion piece condemning these atrocious l crimes. In ...
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