China supports artisanal fisheries sector in Guinea-Bissau

29 October 2015

Last Tuesday China offered Guinea-Bissau personal protection equipment for artisanal fishing, with an estimated value of US$30,000.

The donation to the National Association of Artisanal Fishermen (ANAPA) of Guinea-Bissau consists of cotton gloves, rubber gloves, raincoats and boots.

The equipment was delivered by the Chinese ambassador in the country, Wang Hua, to the Guinea-Bissau Secretary of State for Fisheries and the Maritime Economy.

The Chinese diplomat recalled the relations between the two countries since the independence of Guinea-Bissau and stressed China would always support the country regardless of the problems it had experienced in the past.

In turn, the Secretary of State for Fisheries and the Maritime Economy, Ildefonso Barros, stressed that the Chinese gesture responded to the government’s concern about ensuring the safety of fishermen.

Barros said that at present, the State Secretariat for Fisheries and the Maritime Economy and the Ministry of Economy and Finance were studying the possibility of creating a credit line for fishermen and women engaged in activities related to fisheries. (macauhub/GW)