Human development absorbs most of the financial support from Portugal to Guinea-Bissau

9 July 2015

Human Development and Global Public Goods will absorb 30 million of the 40 million euros that the Portuguese government plans to provide to Guinea-Bissau under the 2015/202 Strategic Cooperation Programme 2015/2020, according to the programme’s document.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the foreign ministers of both countries, to which Macauhub had access, the remaining 10 million euros will be invested in projects related to Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights.

The set of projects listed in the “Terra Ranca” Operational Strategic Plan, which in Guinea-Bissau means “new start or start over,” these two areas, due to their comparative advantages, were the focus of aid from the Portuguese government.

In the area of governance, rule of law and human rights particular attention will be paid to building capacity and establishing modern legal and consistent administrative contexts base on international best practices, through technical assistance to legal bodies as well as on programmes to modernise the country’s parliament.

With regard to Human Development and Global Public Goods, Portugal will support key social sectors to promote fundamental rights and contribute to the eradication of poverty and creating opportunities for all Guineans.

These opportunities include access to a vocational education and training system, quality health services, environmental quality promotion, rural development, employment promotion and strengthening of the social protection system.

The new 2015/2020 Strategic Cooperation Plan was signed during the visit to Guinea-Bissau by Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, on 6 July. (macauhub/GW/PT)