After the meeting at the Chamber of Commerce of Bioko, the delegation from the United States was received by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Tomas Mecheba Fernandez, in his office at the ministry headquarters.
Among the U.S. businessmen, there are medical specialists who have shown interest in investing in the health sector in our country.
It should be noted that this visit was in answer to the invitation extended to them by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during the Economic Forum on Equatorial Guinea, which took place last year 2012 in the city of Houston
A delegation of companies from the United States on an economic mission in Equatorial Guinea, led by MAECI, visited the headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Malabo on Monday. The purpose of the delegation’s trip to Equatorial Guinea was in response to H.E. President Obiang’s appeal for assistance from United States companies in the diversification of the country’s economy, and the strengthening of Equatorial Guinea’s private sector.
Minister of Health and Social Welfare, H.E. Tomas Mecheba Fernandez lead the meeting with the delegation and his ministry team to discuss a partnership with the United States companies, MAECI and Philadelphia International Medicine.
Len Karp, President & CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine made a presentation to the leaders of the Ministry. Mr. Karp discussed the desire for Philadelphia International Medicine to work with Equatorial Guinea, and their Health and Social Welfare Ministry, and serve as their Healthcare advisor.
Philadelphia International Medicine is owned by Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and has service agreements with Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Home Care, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Wills Eye Institute. These hospital systems are world renown, and some of the highest ranking health systems in the United States.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Philadelphia International Medicine have agreed to begin working towards a Mutual Understanding Agreement (MOU). This relationship will bring world class healthcare to the people of Equatorial Guinea, and the country can become a regional healthcare center for the Western Central African region.
Also discussed was a trip to Philadelphia by leaders from the Ministry, as well current healthcare professionals in the country. The trip would give Equatorial Guinea a firsthand look at one of the top health systems in the United States and the world.
Over this past weekend, Mark L. Asquino,U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, visited Annabon Island, and Equatorial Guinea province.
Asquino started off his trip with Governor Panades of Annobon Province and gave opening remarks at the US Embassy-funded youth and gender-based violence conference, focusing on reproductive health and gender equality.
During his trip to the island, he also paid a visit to the Annobon Electrification Project being completed by MAECI, a U.S. company. Ambassador Asquino visited each of the three installation sites included in The Annobon Island Electrification project.
This project supports President Obiang Nguema’s “National Economic Development Plan” adopted in November 2007 at the Second National Economic Conference, “Horizon 2020”, focus on the key strategies and reforms necessary for Equatorial Guinea to take advantage of its unique opportunity to use its nonrenewable oil wealth, to foster the wellbeing of its population and future generations.
The solar project is historic in that it will be the largest self-sufficient solar project on the contine
nt of Africa, and one of the largest in the world to date. The solar installation will supply enough electricity to handle 100% of the current demand, and enough capacity for future expansion. While touring the solar project sites, MAECI employees briefed the Ambassador Asquino on progress already made on the project as well as future plans.
About Ambassador Mark L. Asquino:
Mark L. Asquino was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on June 29, 2012. Ambassador Asquino arrived in Equatorial Guinea in August 2012 and presented his credentials to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in Malabo on October 4, 2012. Ambassador Asquino most recently served as the Executive Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State and was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, From 2010 to 2011, he served as a Senior Public Diplomacy Fellow at George Washington University while he Previously he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan and at the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan. Ambassador Asquino has also served overseas in Caracas, Panama City, Madrid, Bucharest, Santiago, and Tashkent. In Washington, he has served as the Principal Deputy Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Asquino received his A.B. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.
Dr. Samuel Nana-Sinkam, has spent most of his career assisting developing countries in Africa and around the World. Now the President & CEO of the United States Corporation, MAECI, is helping to bring 24-hour electricity to Annobon Island, an Equatorial Guinea province.
“We are building one of the world’s largest off-the-grid solar systems and bringing one of the world’s smallest inhabited islands into the 21st Century, within the framework of an ambitious but sustainable Economic and Social Economic Development Program launched by the Equato-Guinean Authorities, called “Horizon 20/20″; which aims at making the Équatorial Guinea an emerging Country by the year 2020” said Dr. Nana-Sinkam.
MAECI is an International Economic and Financial consulting firm, that has completed several projects in Equatorial Guinea, and Dr. Nana-Sinkam has personally had the privilege of advising the Government of Equatorial Guinea in the development of the country before and after their discovery of significant oil & gas reserves off the coast of the country. He has also implemented and managed projects in other African Countries, such as Cameroon, Gabon, central African Republic, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Mozambique, Madagascar, just to name a few. In addition to this Annobon Solar project, MAECI has completed projects within the Agriculture and livestock sectors as well as various manufacturing applications.
In 2009, MAECI installed solar systems in community centers in villages close to Mongomo in the eastern part of the country as a pilot program. The purpose of the pilot program was to bring an energy solution to an extremely remote part of Equatorial Guinea, to show the people how low cost and sustainable electricity could change their lives for the better. That pilot program is still functioning today.
Located more than 300 km west of the mainland, Annobon Island is the tip of an extinct volcano. It has a land mass comparable to Middletown, expect with about 5,000 people concentrated at the island’s northern tip.
Since 1996, when important oil reserves were discovered in Equatorial Guinea, the nation has become one of the largest oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Companies like Exxon-Mobil and Hess extract the raw oil and the country receives royalties. Those royalties are now being put to use to improve the lives of Equatoguineans through a visionary $1 billion economic development plan called Horizon 2020. The solar grid project on Annobón is a part of that effort. In addition, the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has invested heavily back into the country with thousands of projects, such as road and building construction, agriculture, energy, healthcare and education. It could be noted that through the oil extraction in Equatorial Guinea, 17% of cooking gas in the USA comes from Equatorial Guinea and Exxon-Mobil and Hess activities in Equatorial Guinea generate more than 45,000 jobs in the USA (direct and indirect).
Many of Annobón’s residents still gather their daily food and firewood from the bush, and the only source of electricity on the island comes from diesel-powered generators that run for about five hours per day. Because the island is so remote, it costs quite a bit to get the refined diesel fuel there to run the generators; that is why this project makes sense. Right now, it costs them 35 to 40 cents to produce a kilowatt-hour with diesel, but it’s only about 20 to 25 cents with solar and battery storage and with the improvement in technology, this cost of this sustainable and environmentally safe energy is coming down.
MAECI has partnered with United States companies such as GE Power & Water, Eaton, Princeton Power Systems and NESL U.S. and technical assistance is provided by Wise Power a Delaware Company. The project includes installing 20,000 solar panels (built especially by NESL for this Project) in four arrays, including one in the mouth of the inactive volcano, one near the island’s airport, one near its hotel and a fourth at the southern tip to support three villages on the other side of the Island.
The electricity produced by those panels eventually will be stored in six-megawatt batteries that are backed up by generators for emergencies and to handle peak loads.
MAECI started effectively in February 2014 and expect completion by the end of the year.
MAECI is also is working to reduce demand on the island’s future micro-grid by replacing 10,000 light bulb with energy-efficient LED bulbs (with 15 years life expectancy) capable of putting out 180 lumens per watt. MAECI employees are going door-to-door changing light bulbs. Most of the island’s residents are using 100-watt bulbs, so the goal is to reduce the load by 90 percent before the micro-grid ever gets turned on.
The Ambassador of the United States of America in Equatorial Guinea, Mark L. Asquino just finish a visit on Annobon Island and saw first-hand how work on this important Project is progressing. His impression would appear in our next article.
Solar Energy International(SEI) carried out two PV Solar training programs on Annobon Island. The first one during June and the second one in October 2014. These trainings, performed in spanish, were hired and funded by MAECI SOLAR, a division of Management and Economic Consulting Inc. The company is currently building a 5MW battery based PV plant to supply the island and it’s inhabitants with much needed electrical power for local hospitals, schools, airport, public services, infrastructure and many additional areas that will improve local residents’ quality of life and income opportunities.
Per MAECI SOLAR’s request, both trainings included in person theory and hands on training on both grid tied and stand alone battery based PV solar systems. The program used for the practical portion of the trainings solar equipment available on the island in addition to components and specialized instruments brought from the United States by SEI.
The people of Annobon were offered comprehensive hands on and online trainings in how to design, install and maintain solar photovoltaic systems and other renewable energy technologies. The goal of the program was to train technicians, engineers, project managers, and individuals from both public and private sectors interested in acquiring useful and practical knowledge in renewable energies. The program also aims to facilitate the expansion of sustainable sources of energy and to create greater access to electricity for underserved communities in different areas around the world.
One program offered included an overview of the three basic PV system applications, primarily focusing on grid; direct systems. The goal of the course is to create a fundamental understanding of the core concept necessary to work with all PV systems, including: system components, site analysis, PV module criteria, mounting solutions, safety, and commissioning. The course also covered the basics of sizing a residential grid; direct system, wire sizing, over current protection, and grounding. This 5 day workshop included hands on labs to understand solar site analysis by using a solar pathfinder, shading analysis, module orientation, solar radiation measurements, among other exercises.
To support the formation of highly qualified PV technical personnel, the companies involved are very interested in continuing to provide PV Solar training in Equatorial Guinea due to the great solar development potential in the country.
As a follow up to the Economic Forum held by HE Obiang Nguema Masogo, President of the Republic, and Head of State in Houston (Texas) on June 10-13, 2012 hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership, a United States Economic Entrepreneurs Multidisciplinary Mission is being invited to visit Equatorial Guinea in February 2013.
The objective of the Mission being led by MAECI (Management & Economic Consulting, Inc.) is to discuss economic development projects and investment cooperation opportunities in different economic and social sectors with Equatorial Guinea.
In addition to projects of multidisciplinary nature, the mission is to more specifically discuss projects and investment cooperation opportunities within: the ministries of Health, Industry, Energy, Agriculture, Information and Telecommunication, Finance, Commerce, and the Ministry of Economic Development.
This will be the first time a United States multidisciplinary Economic Cooperation of this importance has visited the country.
Equatorial Guinea is one of the few stable and one of the fastest growing Democracies in Africa, which is something to reckon with. With an annual average economic growth estimated at around 10.7%, Equatorial Guinea is projected to become an Emergent Economy by the year 2020. The country is the Pride of the Economic and Monetary Cooperation Community of central Africa Sub region (CEMAC).”
In June 2014 Solar Energy International carried out a 2 week PV training on Annobon Island in Equatorial Guinea, located in west Africa. The training, offered in spanish by SEI’s certified instructors and a first for this African country, was contracted by MAECI SOLAR, a division of Management an Economic Consulting Inc., the company hired by the government of Equatorial Guinea to develop the world’s largest self sufficient solar and battery based PV system. The 5MW micro-grid will supply 100% of the island’s current electrical demand and provide much needed power to the local population, served today by costly, unreliable and noisy generator based electricity only a few hours per day. MAECI’s solar project will play a crucial role in the improvement of education, medical services, refrigeration, food supply and a number of other areas still in short supply in Annobon. It will help reduce environmental impacts associated with air pollution and degradation of local forests.
MAECI has requested a series of PV trainings from SEI to train a local workforce capable of developing, building, operating and maintaining PV systems. SEI’s first PV training program, known as FV101, graduated a total of 21 students, 12 from Annobon and 9 from the capital Malabo. Attendees learned the fundamentals of PV design, system integration, module performance, solar analysis, battery operation, and many other areas through classroom and hands on activities.
While in Annobon William Rawheiser from MAECI and Daniel Gonzalez from SEI held meetings with Annobon’s local government officials to explain the company’s solar project and the objectives behind this first PV training.
Thanks to MAECI’s support, SEI will travel back to Annobon Island during October 2014 to continue its PV training program with upper level courses, including design and installation of PV systems based on MAECI’s solar equipment destined for one of the villages within the island.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.— June 4, 2014—The government of Equatorial Guinea has selected MAECI Solar, a division of Management and Economic Consulting, Inc., in collaboration with GE Power & Water (NYSE: GE) and Princeton Power Systems, Inc., to install a 5-megawatt (MW) solar microgrid system on Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa. The solar microgrid will feature 5-MW solar modules and system integration by MAECI, an energy management system and controls from Princeton Power Systems and energy storage from GE. The island-wide microgrid will provide reliable, predictable power, supply enough electricity to handle 100 percent of the island’s current energy demand and be the largest self-sufficient solar project on the continent of Africa.
“MAECI is fortunate to have witnessed firsthand the development of Equatorial Guinea over the past few years,” said Chris Massaro, senior vice president, MAECI. “We are extremely excited to bring this solar microgrid solution to Annobon Island as well as support President Obiang Nguema’s vision to raise the quality of life for the people and bring economic diversification to Equatorial Guinea. This project brings both. The Annobon Electrification Project will be the platform for economic growth on the island by bringing a much needed power supply that will enable the development of multiple industries, add 700 to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs to Annobon Island and significantly raise the standard of living.”
Annobon Province has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. Today, the residents have reliable electricity for up to five hours per day and spend an average of 15-20 percent of their income on supplemental power. The solar microgrid in development will eliminate this expense entirely and provide reliable electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The project is a part of Equatorial Guinea’s National Economic Development Plan Horizon 2020, which aims to make Equatorial Guinea an “emerging economy” and accelerate its development and democratization by 2020.
“We’re excited to be a part of this historic project for Annobon Province and Equatorial Guinea,” said Jeff Wyatt, general manager of GE’s solar and energy storage business. “GE’s energy storage technology will help enable reliable, predictable power for the residents of Annobon through balancing the real-time supply and demand of solar and withstanding extreme heat environments without the need for air conditioning. This is an ideal technology for microgrids like Annobon Island.”
s batteries, in addition to toxic and recyclable materials and worldwide support.
“Today, over 1 billion people are without power. We are taking our experience in microgrids from Alcatraz Island, the U.S. Department of Defense and private sector customers to now apply it to improving quality of life for people in rural areas where grid power does not exist or is not reliable,” said Ken McCauley, president and CEO, Princeton Power Systems. “We look forward to future global projects across the world to provide power to these areas to have hospitals, lighting and other basic human needs.”
MAECI is an international consulting and project implementation firm that has formed
very successful project partnerships, both as lead firm and as sub-consultant,
with government ministries and departments, universities and colleges,
non-governmental organizations and private sector companies more specifically in
developing and emerging countries with strong emphasis in Western Central Africa
and completed projects totaling in excess of $1 billion. www.maeci.org
About Princeton Power Systems
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The cultivation of fruits and vegetables
is part of the MAECI to curb
The tour, conducted in the districts and municipalities of Cogo and Ebebiyin, among others, was due to the interest in knowing the development of the activities carried out by the experts of project MAECI and the Equatorial Guinean farmers, and receive firsthand information about the needs that they may have regarding labor, work force and care of the farm to prevent people outside the project from entering in it.
Upon inspection, the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry expressed excitement about the good results of this project, and extended the invitation to the Equatorial Guinean technicians to work and harness the expertise possessed by expatriate experts, so they can continue this work to the benefit of the nation.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry has drawn up a plan to create modern farms in the country with the cultivation of all kinds of vegetables, herbaceous plants, tubers, plantains, and other products to be supplied in different markets across the country to curb importation.
This action by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is included in the program to eradicate poverty and hunger, conceived by the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The National Institute of Agricultural Promotion of Equatorial Guinea offers over 300 tons of high quality cocoa for domestic and international buyers. This product is in storage at the institute in Malabo.
The State Minister in Charge of
Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema
The National Institute of Agricultural Promotion of Equatorial Guinea (INPAGE), an entity supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, made available to any national or international buyer a lot on sale for 330 tons of high quality cocoa.
This is one of the many initiatives undertaken by the Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, with the constant objective of offering support to farmers throughout the country.
The promotion of this first-class stock is a priority of the Ministry so that farmers of the raw material of chocolate may be exclusively dedicated to its production.
In order to take advantage of the situation of soaring food prices now experienced in the international market, the Ministry, at the request of its Minister, has lowered the cost of cocoa so that buyers can obtain a product with excellent price and quality.
Several members of INPAGE and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have met to jointly address, develop and provide seed prices as follows:
– Dry cocoa grade 1, at 1,010 CFA francs/kg. Grade 2, at 900 CFA francs/kg.
– Off-standard dry cocoa, at 450 CFA francs/kg.
– Sun-dried cocoa, at 600 CFA francs/kg. Semi-dry, at 500 CFA francs/kg.
– Cocoa extracts in standard box (length 48.5 cm, width 25 cm and height 35 cm) at 8,500 CFA francs.
– Cocoa pod at 25 CFA francs.
According to the State Minister, Nguema Obiang Mangue, “this offer is a first step towards the agricultural revolution that is expected in Equatorial Guinea in the near future. As you know, we have implemented several projects, among them the MAECI, whose objective is for the Government to produce a wide variety of agricultural products to supply domestic and international markets, and stop importing them to the country.”
-“With this new development we want to offer buyers a good, quality product at a price they can afford, as well as have the farmers enjoy good economic benefits so that they increasingly prefer the productivity of cocoa,” he added.