Electricity supply to capital of Guinea Bissau resolved in three years

18 March 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, 18 March – The Guinea Bissau Economy Minister, Helena Embalo said Wednesday in Lisbon that the problem of an electricity supply in the city of Bissau would be resolved within the next three years.

According to the Guinean minister, with the support of the World Bank, the development partner that provides most aid for the energy sector, the electricity supply capacity is expected to rise from 10 to 30 megawatts.

Nationally the minister said that there was a project underway to make use of hydroelectric facilities in Guinea Conakry.

“It is by taking advantage of those resources that it will be possible to supply enough energy, not only to Guinea Bissau, but also to Guinea Conakry, Senegal and Gambia at an accessible price,” she said.

Embalo was speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa at the end of a business seminar organised by the institute to promote Portuguese exports (AICEP) as part of an official visit to Lisbon by the Guinean prime minister, Carlso Gomes Júnior.

Meanwhile, a mission from the Portuguese Agency for Investment of Foreign Trade (AICEP) is due to travel to Guinea Bissau in May to invest in the Portuguese-speaking African country.

“we are going to organise a mission and prepare its with specific portfolios to that when we arrive in Guinea Bissau we can sit down with Guinean businesspeople and with the government to implement operations,” said the chairman of AICEP, Basílio Horta.

According to the former Portuguese minister, the deals may involve sector such as energy, agriculture, banking and services.

The AICEP mission is due to be part of the official visit by the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Minister, Luís Amado to Guinea BIssau. (macauhub)