Dredging work in the port of Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, may begin this year or early next year following a grant of 15 billion CFA francs from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the Guinean authorities to finance the work, Serifo Djaquite, Minister of Transport and Communications, said on Tuesday.
The Minister confirmed that the Bissau Ports Administration Directorate and the AfDB had signed an agreement to this effect and the amount in question has already been unblocked for the start of work.
Djaquite added that within the scope of this project, work will also be carried out to place maritime signager in the port area to facilitate the docking of large ships in the port.
The tender for selection of the companies that will carry out the work is expected to be launched soon.
The port of Bissau was last dredged in 1960, during the colinial period. (macauhub)