Still no date or place for Guinea-Bissau donors round table

19 February 2010

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, 19 Feb – April is still “a bit early” to hold a round table for donors to Guinea-Bissau, the European Commission’s representative in the country has stated.

“April may be a bit early to ensure the creation of all prior conditions,” Ambassador Franco Nulli said in Bissau after a meeting with Guinea-Bissauan Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior.

“One thing is to come to a round table with projects and another is to come to a round table with tangible things,” Nulli said.

“It is vital for a Pension Fund to be created and rules approved” to reform the defence and security sector so that the conference can be held, he insisted.

Guinea-Bissau’s president had stated on Wednesday that the round table of donors to the country should take place in April, and that the only step remaining was to choose a venue in either a European or an African country.

For the international community it only makes sense to hold a donors round table after the Guinea-Bissauan authorities approve in parliament the laws required for reforms in the defence, security and justice sectors, deemed essential for ensuring stability in the country. (macauhub)