Guinea-Bissau wastes opportunities for cooperation with China in 2016

28 December 2016

Guinea-Bissau wasted two great opportunities for cooperation with China in 2016, said the outgoing Chinese ambassador, Wang Hua, told Guinean newspaper “O democrata.”

The Chinese diplomat specified that the first opportunity arose in July, when the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, where fifty African countries presented about 300 projects valued at US$50 billion, which the People’s Republic of China agreed to finance.

Despite having participated in this meeting, “Guinea-Bissau failed to present a concrete, specific and feasible idea for lack of a clear definition of its cooperation policy with China,” said the ambassador.

Wang Hua gave assurances that his country took the initiative to change the old format of cooperation between the two countries, which resulted in the signing of a two-year cooperation agreement on agriculture, for example.

Another missed opportunity for Guinea-Bissau, the ambassador continued, came during the 5th Ministerial Conference of Forum Macau, where the then Prime Minister, Baciro Dja, heading a ministerial delegation of seven people, failed to present any viable project capable of mobilising Chinese private sector funds.

Wang Hua, whose mission ends at the end of this year, stressed that despite this China had always sought to minimise Guinea-Bissau’s problems and gave as an example the initiative to write off Guinea Bissau debt worth US$30 million.

This year the Chinese government this year also offered financial support of 100 million yuan to fund some infrastructure projects in Guinea-Bissau, including the construction of the Bissau-Safi motorway.

He explained that support of this kind could be much more, also coming from the Chinese business sector, were it not for institutional political instability.

“During my stay in Guinea-Bissau I worked with six prime ministers,” he said to exemplify the constant changes of government in Guinea-Bissau. (macauhub)