Cape Verde businesspeople plan to import fruit from Guinea Bissau

2 June 2011

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 2 June – Businesspeople from Cape Verde plan to start importing some agricultural products from Guinea Bissau, the president of the Barlavento Chamber of Commerce, Manuel Monteiro, who is part of a mission of Cape Verdean businesspeople to the country, said in Bissau.

Monteiro mentioned mangoes, lemons, pineapple and oranges, fruit which, “are rotting in Guinea Bissau,” and which Cape Verde imports from other countries, specifically in Latin America and Europe.

“We buy bananas from Italy, but which in reality come from Latin America, when we could be buying these and other products, which are spoiling, here in Guinea Bissau,” Monteiro said.

He said that the deal had only not gone ahead due to “some constraints,” which lately were being overcome.

Monteiro noted problems such as double taxation, customs barriers, but especially the lack of a ship linking the two countries, as factors that have made deals between Guinean and Cape Verdean businesspeople more difficult.

The visit by the Cape Verdean business mission began Tuesday and is due to end Saturday, and was carried out at the invitation of the Guinea Bissau Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Services (CCIAS). (macauhub)