As the country that hosts the headquarters of the European Union, Belgium wanted to be one of the first European countries to express its condolences to Equatorial Guinea for the Bata accident. That is why yesterday, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Belgium, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, was received by the President of the Belgian Parliament, Eliane Tillieux, who conveyed her deep condolences for the Bata accident on March 7.
We greatly appreciate the solidarity received from the Belgian institutions.Carmelo Nvono-Ncá
Throughout that fateful day, a series of four explosions at an army barracks in Bata, the most populous city in Equatorial Guinea, wreaked havoc on the scene. In the facilities there was an armory, a possible cause of the detonations. The fatal toll in the Bata accident now stands at 98 dead and 615 injured. As President Obiang declared moments after the incident, “it is a fatal accident, the consequence of gross negligence and irresponsibility.”
Throughout the important meeting between the Ambassador and the President of the Belgian Parliament, other topics were also discussed, such as the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, both in Belgium and in Equatorial Guinea. Both countries have been able to apply an effective control protocol in the entry and exit of citizens from their national territories, which has managed to considerably reduce the spread of the virus.
Likewise, Tillieux was very interested in Equatorial Guinea increasing the role of women in positions of responsibility, following the example of Belgium, as well as knowing that the country has an economic diversification plan in place. In this sense, Nvono-Ncá explained that in Equatorial Guinea the main interest is being paid to the diversification of its economy, being applied through the National Economic Development Plan that is already in its second phase.
In addition, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels told him about the important diversification project to be undertaken, especially focused on tourism, port logistics and agriculture, among other sectors.