Portugal’s prime minister visits Bissau to support Guinea-Bissau

6 July 2015

The Portuguese prime minister is due Monday to begin an official visit to Bissau during which he is due to sign the Strategic Cooperation Programme between Portugal and Guinea-Bissau for 2015/2020, the Portuguese press reported.

Before Bissau, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho visited Praia (Cabo Verde), to take part in the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Cape Verdean Independence. His delegation includes the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete and Health Minister, Paulo Macedo.

The Strategic Cooperation Agreement between Portugal and Guinea-Bissau for 2015/2020 will be signed at the end of a meeting between the prime ministers of Portugal and Guinea-Bissau, who will give a joint press conference.

In March an international donor conference for Guinea-Bissau was hosted in Brussels, with a view to raising funds to consolidate democracy, strengthen the rule of law, accelerate economic recovery and improve the living conditions of Guineans.

At the time, Portugal committed to provide approximately 40 million euros, supplied through a new strategic cooperation programme with Guinea-Bissau for the next few years, to be signed by June.

On Saturday, the Minister of Economy and Finance of Guinea-Bissau, Geraldo Martins said in Bissau he wanted to see more Portuguese investments to create more jobs and consequent development of the country.

The minister, who was speaking at the opening of the Bissau delegation of Portugal’s Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP), said AICEP would provide more opportunities for Portuguese entrepreneurs in Guinea-Bissau. (macauhub/CV/GW/PT)