The Secretary of State for Planning and Regional Integration of Guinea-Bissau, Degol Mendes said Friday in Macau that a delegation from the Chinese province of Jiangsu was due to visit the African country before the end of this year to identify possible areas of investment and cooperation.
With an area of 102,000 square kilometres and a population of about 80 million people Jiangsu, near Shanghai, is the fifth most populous province of China, has a coastline of over 1,000 kilometres and the second-largest GDP in China after Guangdong.
At a press conference the Guinean Secretary of State Guinea-Bissau wanted to position itself as a “platform” for access by Chinese companies and those from the Portuguese-speaking countries to the market of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has a population of over 300 million people.
Mendes was in Macau heading a delegation from Guinea-Bissau that took part in the 20th Macau International Fair (MIF) and gave assurances that all projections pointed to economic growth in Guinea Bissau of over 5 percent in 2015 despite the “political crisis.”
The Guinean secretary of state also said that one of the Bissau Government’s objectives was to hold a business meeting in the country in 2016 to bring together the Portuguese-speaking countries, China and ECOWAS.
There are 56 Chinese companies operating in Guinea-Bissau in the agriculture, fisheries and construction sectors. (macauhub/CN/GW)