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United States Department of State
May 5, 2008

A 2008 U.S. Department of State report summarizing the human rights issues that are currently perplexing the country of Equatorial Guinea.

Department of Economic and Social Affairs
November 5, 2008

The Committee for Development Policy considered Equatorial Guinea eligible for graduation for the first time in 2006, which triggered the preparation of this ex-ante impact assessment report. The country has experienced remarkable growth fueled by the development of the hydrocarbon sector and reached a relatively high level of per capita income. Official development finance inflows are negligible as a share of GDP while it is unlikely that necessary technical assistance support will be withdrawn due to graduation. Exports-- dominated by fuels-- already enter major markets at zero tariffs under the Most Favoured Nation treatment. With the exception of a few support measures, such as United Nations-related travel benefits, the country seems to benefit little from its LDC status. Graduation from the category will likely have minimal impact.

World Bank
Achille Toto Same
April 1, 2008

This paper argues that, in the case of Equatorial Guinea, the negative impact of the Dutch Disease would be limited given the structure of the economy and on the contrary may even be a good thing because it fuels the structural transformational process of the economy, which is needed in Equatorial Guinea. The author argues that the ongoing Dutch Disease is a natural and necessary reallocation of resources in the economy of Equatorial Guinea. Given that Equatorial Guinea is a country where the manufacturing sector barely exists and the non-oil primary sector is structurally deficient, Equatorial Guinea has little to fear from the disease. The oil boom is a blessing, given that oil revenues when properly managed can play a special and critical role in overall economic development and poverty reduction in low-income countries. To promote good governance in the management of the country's oil wealth, the government may wish to adhere to clear standards of accountability and transparency; especially by complying with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI++).

International Monetary Fund
May 14, 2008

Economic and social development indicators and discussions published annually by the IMF.

United Nations
November 14, 2008

This is a report filed by Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, that outlines his findings on the use of torture in Equatorial Guinea. Nowak's nine day fact-finding mission, initiated by the government of Equatorial Guinea, visited several locations and institutions inside the country. Nowak reports a systematic use of torture by police and security forces.

International Monetary Fund
May 14, 2008

An economic overview and analysis of Equatorial Guinea by the IMF.

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December 17, 2008

A report prepared for a Global Climate Change conference that took place in Sirte, Libya December 15-17, 2008. The report discusses Equatorial Guinea's national investment strategy for agriculture and details the current status of the country's agriculture sector.

UNICEF
February 19, 2008

Highlights a series of training sessions for women organized by UNICEF, the Spanish National Committee for UNICEF and the Red Cross in Equatorial Guinea. These sessions allow participants to express themselves freely on HIV/AIDS and upgrade their knowledge on prevention and treatment of the disease.

Amnesty International
January 1, 2008

2008 report written by Amnesty International that offers a succinct analysis of the various human rights issues that are currently perplexing the state of Equatorial Guinea. Special attention is given to issues revolving around the following: arbitrary arrests, torture, unfair trials, the death penalty, and housing (forced evictions).

United Nations Human Rights Council
February 18, 2008

A summary of the findings of the Human Right Council's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention's visit to Equatorial Guinea July 8-13, 2007.

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