Guinea-Bissau government welcomes international support

9 April 2015

The Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau met in Bissau with members of the international community to thank them for pledges of support to the country, before heading to Portugal for a private one-week visit, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

Domingos Simões Pereira said that the pledges of support announced during the round table held in Brussels on 25 March, of over 1 billion euros, “are not, however, a blank cheque,” even though the international community has shown “confidence in the work in progress,” in Guinea-Bissau.

The prime minister also said he would start direct consultations with organisations and countries that announced financial support to determine the release mechanisms of the funds and the ways of implementing projects.

The total raised at the Brussels conference, organised by the government of Guinea-Bissau, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme, fell short of the estimated 1.6 billion euros the country needs to finance 115 projects in its strategic and operational plan for the next ten years.

The objective of that plan is to rebuild the country, which since the late 1990s has been affected by instability generated by coups, the most recent in 2012, taking into account a vision of development by 2020. (macauhub/GW)