Portugal is providing aid of 40 million euros to promote democracy and development of Guinea-Bissau under the Strategic Cooperation Programme (PEC) for 2015/2020, under an agreement signed Monday in Bissau.
The document was signed by the foreign ministers of both countries, Portugal’s Rui Machete and Guinea-Bissau’s Mário Lopes da Rosa, as part of a one-day visit to Bissau by the Prime Minister of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho.
Passos Coelho said the PEC covered multiple aspects, including defence, justice, education, employment, health, administrative modernisation, environment, energy and rural development.
“My visit aims to strengthen bilateral relations between our two peoples, but, above all, it sends a clear message of major institutional confidence, reinforcing the positive perception that Guinea-Bissau has acquired in its own right among international investors, multilateral institutions and the international community at large,” he said.
In turn, the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Domingos Simões Pereira, said that during the meeting with his Portuguese counterpart the two had reviewed a number of actions implemented by both governments.
Simões Pereira said the Guinean side expressed interest in receiving more Portuguese support and highlighted the role of Portugal in strengthening Guinea-Bissau’s naval capabilities to increase control of its territorial waters.
In the afternoon Passos Coelho was granted an audience with by the President of the National Assembly, Cipriano Cassamá and José Mario Vaz, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. (macauhub/GW/PT)