Guinea Bissau: EU and World Bank fund development of power sector

28 January 2008

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 28 Jan – The European Union (EU) and the World Bank Friday granted Guinea Bissau funding of 1.3 million euros to improve its supply of water and electricity across the country.

According to the head of the European Commission delegation in Bissau, Franco Nulli, electricity is one of the “valuable driving forces of the development of any country and, therefore, for Guinea Bissau.”

“One of the biggest problems of this country is the lack of energy and electricity in particular. This is an enormous constraint on the supply of basic services for industrial development and results in serious pressure on nature.” Nulli said.

The population of Guinea Bissau has had no electricity supply since April 2007 and suffers constant shortages of piped water.

The main obstacle to resolving this problem is the fact that water and electricity supplies are reliant on diesel generators, and there is often no cash to buy diesel.

Most of the generators are obsolete and frequently break down.

The convention signed will help to draw up a Master Plan for the Energy Sector, which will be a framework for all activities, programs and projects carried out in the country. (macauhub)