China grants over US$1 million to Guinea Bissau to equip new governmental palace

22 January 2010

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 22 Jan – China has donated over US$1 million to Guinea Bissau to equip the governmental palace, which is being built by Chinese aid in Bissau, said the Guinean Foreign Affairs Minister in Bissau Thursday.

Adelino Mano Queta said that the new facilities, which will houses several ministries and the prime minister’s office, are due to be inaugurated in the middle of this year.

“This supplementary aid comes at an opportune moment, as within very little time the governmental palace will be ready and without that aid it would be very difficult to move into the building,” Queta said.
All of the office equipment and furniture for the building will be acquired with the funding from the Chinese government of over 7 million yuan, which according o ambassador Yan Bangua, is over US$1 million.

The Chinese diplomat said that the donation had been granted because his government wanted to see the palace it was building in operation just as soon as it was delivered to the Bissau authorities.

Queta also said that he expected to sign further cooperation deals between Bissau and Beijing “before the end of the year.” (macauhub)