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Uneasiness in Equatorial Guinea over government spending

Production is rising again, promising oil and gas discoveries are being made and new licences have been awarded - but many are uneasy about the way the government spends its revenue

Equatorial Guinea presents challenges for the oil companies' corporate social responsibility programmes. While Marathon, with the largest portfolio of assets in the country, supports malaria control on Bioko island, and Hess, a large operator, has set-up model schools, the ruling family is frequently in the world's press, accused of lavish spending on overseas properties, aircraft and cars.  According to World Bank data, Equatorial Guinea's 700,000 population have per capita wealth approaching European levels - but in reality most are desperately poor, with inadequate health and education provision. The country's wealth is tightly controlled by the president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, and his

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