Information Center: 09/2009

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Mario Esteban
September 10, 2009

In the last five years China has dramatically increased its presence in Africa. Despite its abundant natural resources, the notoriety of its political regime and its close relationship with Beijing, Equatorial Guinea is a glaring omission in the China–Africa literature. This article intends to fulfil that gap by analysing the bilateral relationship between Beijing and Malabo at both the official and the social levels to assess its impact on the development of Equatorial Guinea. As bad governance is the main obstacle for the development of Equatorial Guinea, the article compares the role played by Chinese companies and government in reinforcing Obiang's authoritarian regime with that played by their Western counterparts. It concludes that Chinese extractive firms play a marginal role in the financial extraversion that strongly links the Obiang regimen with US oil companies. Conversely, the Chinese government offers Obiang more extensive and stable support than Western governments to the extent that most of the undeniable developmental potential of Chinese co-operation is wasted through clientelist networks.

Reporters without Borders
September 25, 2009

Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who has been held in the capital’s Black Beach prison for the past 100 days. He was tried on a defamation charge on 1 September but the court has yet to issue a verdict.

Rebecca Holmes
September 8, 2009

This article focuses on the disparity between the country's revenue and expected income in comparison to the real household and child poverty in the nation.

September 23, 2009

Oil, gas, and mineral companies can reduce global instability by opening the books on their payments, say investors, industry experts, and human rights advocates.

United Nations Human Rights Council
September 18, 2009

An overview of the country prepared by the United Nations in preparation of the country's first Universal Periodic Review.

United Nations Human Rights Council
September 8, 2009

The present report is a summary of seven stakeholders’ submissions to the universal periodic review. The submissions are from Abogacía por un Desarrollo Durable, Amnesty International, Center for Economic and Social Rights, EG Justice, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, and Human Rights Watch.

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