Companies from Portuguese-speaking countries interested in West African Economic and Monetary Union

20 November 2009

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 20 Nov – The Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) is positive about its companies entering the market of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, of which Guinea Bissau is a part, an organisation official said Thursday in Bissau.

The secretary general of the CPLP Business council, Francisco Mantero, said that companies from countries with Portuguese as an official language had “great expectations” for the possibility of opening up their activities to “a market of 240 million people” starting from Guinea Bissau.

“Guinea Bissau is the only CPLP state that is also a member of WAEMU. We are analysing what will have to be dine for Guinea Bissauto become a platform for Portuguese-speaking interests in WAEMU,” said Francisco Mantero, on leaving an audience with the Guinean prime minister.

As well as Guinea Bissau, WAEMU’s members are Senegal, Mali, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and the Ivory Coast.

Mantero is currently in Bissau as part of the final preparations for holding the extraordinary general meeting of the CPLP Business Council, which will transform the organisation into a business confederation and host the business week of the Portuguese-speaking community.

The two events will take place between 7 and 14 December in Bissau. (macauhub)