China may finance construction of university campus in Guinea-Bissau, ambassador says

15 January 2018

China may finance the construction of a university campus in Guinea-Bissau, similar to the one planned for Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Ambassador Jin Hongun said in a recent interview with local weekly newspaper “Democrata.”

The ambassador warned, however, that “it will all depend on this initiative being included in the list of priorities set out by the Guinean government, within the framework of projects agreed between the two countries.”

The priorities identified by the Guinean authorities and pointed out by the Chinese diplomat include the project for the fishing port of Alto Bandim, which is in the process of being completed and construction of the motorway connecting the small town of Safim to the capital, Bissau, extending it by 8 kilometres.

Construction of the new motorway, which is expected to cost 13 million euros, will be funded by China and awarded to Chinese companies and is expected to begin soon, the ambassador said adding that the motorway will three lanes in each direction.

Jin Hongjun also told the newspaper that China had received a request to help mechanise the country’s agriculture and has already reacted positively.

“China, if not the largest, is one of the main suppliers and donors of machinery to Guinea-Bissau. This is what we have been doing and we will continue to do by bringing more machines to Guinea Bissau. In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, we will teach Guinean technicians how to make the most of these agricultural tools,” he said. (macauhub)