Cabo Verde supports Guinea-Bissau to manufacture medication

18 June 2015

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) will provide technical support to Guinea-Bissau for construction of a pharmaceutical factory, said Tuesday in Praia the President of Cape Verdean state pharmaceutical company Inpharma.

The negotiation process was finalised at a meeting between management of the Cape Verdean pharmaceutical company and the Minister of Public Health of Guinea-Bissau, Valentina Mendes, who was on a three-day working visit to Cabo Verde.

The president of Inpharma, Luis Vasconcelos Lopes, told news agency Inforpress that the future Guinean company, whose factory is expected to start operating within 18 months, will look to replicate Inpharma’s experience in Cabo Verde in Guinea-Bissau.

Within two months Inpharma is expected to start producing drugs with the Guipharma brand to be exported to Guinea-Bissau.

Besides visiting Inpharma, the Guinea-Bissau Minister, who arrived in the archipelago on Monday, met with business contacts and visited Regional Hospital of Santiago Norte in the municipality of Santa Catarina, the Agostinho Neto Hospital in Praia and some health centres.

This project was announced in mid-May of last year and is part a visit by Cabo Verde’s Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves to Guinea-Bissau, which should have started on 2 June and which has since been postponed to a date that has yet to be announced. (macauhub/CV/GW)