Cabo Verde PM makes official visit to Guinea-Bissau in June

11 May 2015

The Prime Minister of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) announced in Praia that he will pay an official visit to Guinea-Bissau on 2 June, when the air link between the two countries is due to be resumed following a suspension since the 2012 state coup in Guinea-Bissau.

José Maria Neves was speaking alongside his Guinean counterpart, Domingos Simões Pereira, after a meeting in Praia, where Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister participated Saturday in the II Strategic Dialogue Forum, organised by the Pedro Pires Institute for Leadership.

On his official visit to Bissau – the last on was in November 2011 – José Maria Neves will lead a government and business delegation to implement cooperation outlined during a visit by Simões Pereira to Praia in January this year, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The projects presented at the time were later the focus of an economic mission and Cape Verdean businesspeople to Bissau, led by Leonesa Fortes, Minister for Tourism, Investment and Business Development, who is also responsible for Trade Commerce, Industry and Energy, and the visit by Joseph Maria Neves seeks to put them into action.

Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira said, in turn, he had given Neves a copy of the Strategic Plan presented by Guinea-Bissau to donors at the Brussels meeting in March, when Bissau received pledges of financial support totalling 1 billion euros. (macauhub/CV/GW)