European Union believes conditions established for round table with Guinea Bissau

6 October 2006

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 06 Oct – The head of the European Union (EU) mission in Guinea Bissau, Franco Nulli, said Thursday in Bissau that conditions had been established for carrying out the round table meeting with donors that had been planned two years ago, but subsequently delayed.

The round table between the Bissau government and international donors had been delayed for political reasons – elections, military crisis and change of government – but has now been scheduled for November 7 and 8 in Geneva, Switzerland.

On Thursday the government brought together all the ambassadors and representatives of international institutions that cooperate with the country in order to make them aware of the round table meeting and to present a number of documents that will support the meeting in Geneva.

Forum Bissau was an opportunity for the Guinean authorities to restate the importance placed upon the next round table meeting, from which the country is aiming to gather financial aid of US$355 million in order to re-launch the economy and development projects in the country.

During the meeting, the Guinean prime minister, Aristides Gomes said that Guinea Bissau “expected much” of the sound table as it had already identified the projects that it wanted to launch and now only needed financial resources to do so.

The documents to be taken to the round table meeting, and which will also be presented at Forum Bissau include the National Strategy Document for Reducing Poverty (DENARP), the Multi-year Action Plan (PAP) and the Three year Public Investment Program (PTIP).

As well as giving an overall picture of a vast program to fight poverty in the country, the DENARP is also a manifesto for a number of initiatives to reform the civil services and Guinea Bissau’s Defence and Security services, Gomes said. (macauhub)