Guinea Bissau: Angolans to visit Bissau in next two weeks to finalise credit line

29 January 2009

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 29 Jan – A technical team from the government of Angola plans to travel to Bissau to formalise the concession of a credit line requested by the Guinea Bissau government, the Guinean prime minister said Tuesday.

Speaking to the press at Osvaldo Vieira Airport in Bissau, after having returned from an official visit to Angola, Carlos Gomes Júnior declined, however, to say the amount of credit he had requested from the Angolan authorities.

“Luanda is available to financially support Guinea Bissau,” in dealing with “the difficult economic and financial situation it is going through,” the Prime Minister noted.

Gomes Júnior also noted that, “within two weeks, a team of technicians will visit from the (Angolan) Finance Ministry,” in order to “finalise the legal instruments that must be signed with a view to covering the financial deficit,” of Guinea Bissau.

According to the head of the Guinean government, the Government plans to use the funding to pay a back-log of salaries to public workers and fund “development programmes” in the country.

On summarising his visit to Luanda, Carlos Gomes Júnior noted that Angola had offered the Guinean Armed forces six military training grants for officers, who will travel to Angola on 16 February, as well as offering fire fighting equipment and other resources to the Interior Ministry.

The Guinean prime minister also said he had made use of his visit to Luanda to invite Angolan businesspeople to invest in Guinea Bissau “in several areas,” noting the fact that Angola, “already has agreements signed for bauxite mining.” (macauhub)