China makes donation to Guinea Bissau and opens market to Guinean products

4 January 2007

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 04 Jan – China has granted Guinea Bissau a donation of US$4 million and announced that is opening up its market to 442 products from Guinea Bissau that will have preferential tariffs, officials said.

The protocol that made China’s support official was signed Wednesday in Bissau during a 24-hour visit by the Chinese foreign minister, Li Xhaoxing to Guinea Bissau.

The Guinean foreign minister, Isaac Monteiro, took the opportunity to praise the promises of the Chinese government to carry out important public works in Guinea Bissau, namely the construction of the first dam in the country on the River Geba, in the East, as well as building the Governmental and Justice Palaces.

Monteiro also remind his audience that Beijing has pledged to build a military hospital in Guinea Bissau.

According to Monteiro, the increased cooperation between Bissau and Beijing had been made possible, largely, by the China/Africa Forum as well as the Forum between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries. (macauhub)