Guinea Bissau’s President calls for more Chinese investment

31 October 2006

Shanghai, China, 31 Oct – The president of Guinea Bissau, “Nino” Vieira is due to take part in the summit meeting between Chin and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ADSEAN) after calling for more Chinese investment in his country.

At the invitation of Chinese president Hu Jintao, Vieira Sunday began his official visit to China in Shanghai, with a meeting with the city’s Mayor, Han Zheng.

After the working meeting, Vieira said that Guinea Bissau wanted more Chinese investment and also said
he admired the “surprising successes that China has had in recent years,” according to China’s official news agency, New China.

The Guinean head of state will begin the second part of his trip to China Wednesday with a meeting with Hu, before joining the 47 African leaders at the head of state summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), taking place on November 4 and 5.

Speaking as he left Bissau, Vieira said that the aim of the first part of his trip to China was to expand China’s cooperation with Guinea Bissau and to present several development projects to the Chinese authorities.

The Guinean president is accompanied by the minister of natural Resources, Aristides Ocante da Silva, the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sola N’Quilin, as well as by the director-general of cooperation of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Artur Silva.

China is currently one of Guinea Bissau’s main partners and has several projects underway and other that have already been concluded, such as the new Guinean parliament building, in the center of Bissau.

Bissau and Beijing are also currently discussing the construction of 1,000 units of social housing and a bridge over the Farim river in the north of the country, the reconstruction of roads linking Buba to Catió and Quebo to Cacine (both in the south) and a deep water port to be built in Buba, some 200 kilometers south

The Chinese government is also carrying out a study for the country’s armed forces barracks and residences for officers, as well as for the construction of the Government Palace, which will bring together government services in a six-floor building in Bissau. (macauhub)

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