Embassy Sections and Offices
The Administrative Section is responsible for managing the embassy’s day to day operations. The administrative section focuses on financial affairs, communications, facilities maintenance, procurement and contracting, and personnel.
The Consular Section protects the interests of American citizens who travel or reside in Equatorial Guinea and adjudicates applications for visas. Services for American citizens include passport renewals, reports of birth, notarial services, and judicial assistance.
The United States Defense Attaché Office (DAO) in Yaoundé, Cameroon performs representational functions on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of the Military Services, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of the U.S. Military Services. The Defense and Army Attaché at the U.S. Embassy Yaoundé also has non-resident accreditation to Equatorial Guinea.
The Political/Economic Section follows, analyzes and reports on developments in Equatorial Guinea. The section concentrates on issues such as domestic and foreign politics, human rights and the rule of law, trade and commerce, economic development, and government finance, as well as environmental, scientific and technology matters such as global warming, and decreasing biodiversity. The section also assesses the results of U.S. policies and programs on relations with Equatorial Guinea and help the Ambassador develop policy proposals.
The mission of the Public Affairs Section is to promote understanding of U.S. political, economic and social issues — explaining to Equatoguinean audiences both the current Administration's foreign policy agenda and the complexities of U.S. society and culture.
Regional Security Office (RSO)
Regional Security Office Special Agents of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security are sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers who are responsible for the security of Foreign Service personnel, property, and sensitive information throughout the world. Referred to overseas as Regional Security Officers, agents administer and manage U.S. diplomatic mission security programs to include protection of personnel, facilities, and sensitive information against hostile intelligence, criminal, and terrorist activities. Other duties include managing the Marine Security Guard and contract local guard security programs, manage or implement security-related aspects of new office building construction, and develop and implement counter-terrorist access controls for existing and new buildings.
For more information on Diplomatic Security, go to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (www.state.gov/m/ds/) and the Overseas Security Advisory Council at www.osac.gov/.