Macau supports training of engineers from Guinea-Bissau

4 June 2015

Macau will support the training of engineers from the Ministry of Public Works of Guinea-Bissau under two agreements to be signed with the Quality Institute and the Laboratory of Civil Engineering, the Guinean Public Works Minister said Wednesday in Macau.

José António da Cruz Almeida visited Macau to take part in the 6th International Forum on Investment and Construction of Infrastructure and the ministerial meeting on infrastructure between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, but intends to return to his country with cooperation agreements signed.

“We have no defined cooperation with Macau, but we will sign two protocols with the Quality Institute and the Civil Engineering Laboratory,” the minister said, according to Portuguese-language newspaper, Tribuna de Macau.

The Guinean minister also said the two agreements would provide internships for engineers from the Ministry, the costs of which will be covered by the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau.

“The challenge is set for companies from Macau and China to invest in Guinea-Bissau,” said the official, noting that his country was “always open” to receiving new investment projects, especially as it plans to move into a “period of virtue.”

The role of Macau as a platform was considered to be good because it represents a common past between the Administrative Region, Guinea-Bissau and China, but also because it helps in understanding and reaching a consensus on forms of investment.

Cruz Almeida said Beijing was an “indispensable partner” and that investments already made by China included infrastructure, fisheries and health, including construction of the 24th September stadium, refurbishment of the Palace of the Republic, reconstruction of the Government Palace, construction of the Justice Palace and hospital facilities such as the China/Guinea-Bissau Friendship Hospital. (macauhub/CN/GW/MO)