The foundation stone for the construction of the Palace of Justice of Guinea-Bissau, the country’s main courthouse, in the city of Bissau was laid Thursday and the work paid for by China will take 20 months, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The ceremony was attended by several officials of the Guinean state, including Cassamá Cipriano, President of the country’s Parliament, the building of which was also financed and built by China.
Justice Minister Carmelita Pires, said the Palace of Justice “dignifies the legal system” and that China should be congratulated for all it had done to assist the organs of sovereignty of Guinea-Bissau.
China has built the seat of government, the Colinas do Boe Palace (parliament), rebuilt the presidential palace damaged by the civil war of 1998-99, built the National Stadium (the only one with natural grass in the country) and even built the main hospital in the northern part of the country, in Canchungo, and the Military Hospital in Bissau.
The work on the Palace of Justice, which will have an area of 9,500 square metres, will cost US$14.5 million, and carried out by a Chinese company under the supervision of the Guinean government.
The Chinese ambassador in Guinea-Bissau, Huang Hua, used the occasion to announce that his country will build 200 social houses as well as provide solar lighting equipment to major thoroughfares in Bissau. (macauhub/CN/GW)