Political

India and Equatorial Guinea (EG) have enjoyed warm and friendly relations. After Shri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs visited Equatorial Guinea on a first ever bilateral visit from India to Equatorial Guinea on August 18, 2017, the momentum of the bilateral relations has picked up. Three agreements- Establishment of Joint Commission, Exemption from visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service passport holders and Foreign Office Consultations were signed during the visit.

Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President visited Equatorial Guinea on April 7-9, 2018. He was received at the airport by President Obiang. He was accompanied by a high level delegation. He held discussion with President Obiang on April, 2018. Action plan on ICT, MOU on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Medicine and MOU on Cooperation on Medicinal plants were signed during the visit. A joint Communique was also issued after the visit. Establishment of vocational Traning centre, Establishment of English Language Laboratory, Establishment of diplomatic Misison and English Language training course for officials of Foreign Ministry of EG were announced during the visit.

Mr. M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs visited Equatorial Guinea from October 11-13, 2018 to attend the 50th anniversary of country’s independence. A 3-member Agricultural delegation visited Equatorial Guinea on April 2-4, 2018 to study the cooperation in Agriculture and Alled Sectors. A 3-member delegation from Ministry of Mines visited Equatorial Guinea from April 7-17, 2018 to study the possibilities of cooperation. Minister of State for AYUSH, Sh. Shripad Yesso Naik, visited Equatorial Guinea from 24-25 August 2015 as the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to hand over the invitation for the Third India Africa Forum Summit. He called on the President and Foreign Minister.

Foreign Minister Agapito led a delegation to India and participated in the First India-Equatorial Guinea Joint Commission Meeting held in New Delhi on March 16, 2018. The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo visited India for the first time in October 2015 to attend the Third India Africa Summit. He led a high level delegation for the summit. In his address, he said that Equatorial Guinea is in the process of diversification of its economy and cited the preferred sectors for the investment in Equatorial Guinea including energy, fishing, forestry, livestock farming, agriculture and mining. The President and Foreign Minister had bilateral meetings with their Indian counterparts. President Obiang led a 88-member delegation to India to participate in the ISA Summit on March 11, 2018. The Commerce Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Mr. Borupu visited India from7-9 March 2017 to participate in the CII-Exim Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership. During the visit, he had meeting with MoS for Commerce and Industry, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman in which discussions centred on enhancing economic cooperation and bilateral trade between the two countries. Mr. Borupu mentioned that EG would be interested in India’s assistance in setting up of a Methane Processing and Polymer Manufacturing plant. Earlier, the Minister of Mines and Energy of EG visited India in January 2016 to attend the Fourth India Africa Hydrocarbon conference. During the visit, he signed a MoU with ONGC Videsh Ltd for cooperation in the Petroleum and Natural Gas sector.

India hosted the 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit in Addis Ababa in May 2011. EG in its capacity as Chairman in accordance with the Banjul Format was invited and in this connection, in May 2011, MoS (IT & Telecom) Shri Sachin Pilot visited Equatorial Guinea as the Special Envoy of the PM. He called on President Obiang and handed over personal letter of invitation from PM to attend the Second Africa-India Forum Summit at Addis Ababa. The President of Equatorial Guinea, in his capacity as the Chairman of the African Union, attended the 2nd AIFS summit at Addis Ababa.

In Oct 2015, India conveyed to EG its approval for their opening a resident Mission in New Delhi. India has since decided to open its Mission in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.