Guinea Bissau and the European Union renegotiate fishing agreement

11 December 2006

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 11 Dec – The Guinea Bissau government and the European Union (EU) are due to begin negotiations Monday in Brussels to renew a fishing agreement initial agreed in 2001, officials said.

Currently, the EU has 61 fishing vessels in Guinea Bissau’s waters that each year net 7.2 million euros for the Guinean state.

Abdu Mané, the Guinean fisheries minister, said before leaving for Brussels via Lisbon that the government planned to review the amount paid by the EU.

The minister also said that he intended to sign a “new generation” fisheries agreement which, in his words, was based on involvement of his country’s private sector in order to set up port and warehouse infrastructures. (macauhub)