China donates solar lampposts to Guinea Bissau

25 April 2013

China has donated 110 solar lampposts to Guinea Bissau with a view to overcoming the usual lack of electricity in the city of Bissau, at a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador, Li Baojun, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

The Prime Minister of the transitional government, Rui de Barros, noted that the donation would improve public safety in the Guinean capital and added that the lampposts would mainly be positioned in the area around the Bissau city hall, around the Presidency building and some adjacent neighbourhoods.

The capital of Guinea Bissau, along with most of the rest of the country, is generally in the dark due to a lack of power in the public grid, either because of a lack of diesel to feed generators or technical problems at the power plant.

In order to find a solution to the problem, the Guinean authorities have sought to make use of solar energy provided with the support of the United Nations and China. (macauhub)