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China inicia construção de hospital militar na Guiné Bissau
As obras do hospital Militar têm um custo global de cerca de 67 milhões de yuans (7,4 milhões de euros ).


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Bissau - A cooperação chinesa lançou, em Bissau, a primeira pedra para a construção de raiz de um hospital militar de 200 camas, que deverá estar pronto dentro de 16 meses, anunciou o embaixador da China na Guiné-Bissau, Yan Bangua.

A cerimónia de lançamento da primeira pedra do hospital, a ser erguido num antigo quartel do exército no bairro de Brá, foi presenciada, quarta-feira, pelo presidente guineense interino, Raimundo Pereira, pelo primeiro-ministro, Carlos Gomes Júnior, membros do Governo e representantes diplomáticos.

As obras do hospital Militar têm um custo global de cerca de 67 milhões de yuans (7,4 milhões de euros ).

Na ocasião, o primeiro-ministro guineense, Carlos Gomes Júnior, frisou que a obra hoje iniciada é um pedido que tinha sido feito às autoridades chinesas pelo falecido presidente João Bernardo 'Nino' Vieira, assassinado a 02 de Março de 2009.

O primeiro-ministro enalteceu ainda o facto de a China ter "respondido, mais uma vez, aos apelos da Guiné-Bissau", ajudando na melhoria das condições de vida das Forças Armadas.

Carlos Gomes Júnior lembrou que a China construiu a sede do Parlamento guineense (o Palácio Colinas de Boé), o hospital regional de Canchungo (no norte do país), o Estádio Nacional 24 de Setembro e está a construir os palácios do Governo e da Justiça.

Para o primeiro-ministro guineense, o conjunto destas obras ajudam a "engrandecer a imagem da cidade de Bissau e dão prestigio à Guiné-Bissau". Comentar Enviar por e-mailImprimir Download PDF
 

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Eu gostaria que o Brasil e Portugal se unissem para ajudar a situação da Africa! A infraestrutura das cidades de Guiné-Bissau comparadas com as brasileiras é como se fosse uma zona rural aqui na região mais pobre do Brasil. Eu adoraria ser presidente do Brasil para reforçar os laços entre nossos países, principalmente os lusófonos!
 
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This is about a month old, but I thought it was worth posting on here :)

Rehabilitation of Agricultural Land in Guinea-Bissau

The project to rehabilitate the agricultural and rural sectors was designed in the context of a country emerging from conflict. It aims to achieve food security and fight rural poverty. More specifically, the project aims to improve rice production and market gardening as well as livestock promotion.

The project
ADF assistance is by a grant of UA 5.80 million, corresponding to CFAF 4.4 billion. Despite the relatively difficult socio-political situation in the country, the project was well implemented. PRESAR is an example of an operation implemented following a participatory approach, with particular attention to women who are heavily involved in rice production market garden activities.

Participatory design, labour-intensive works
The involvement of local stakeholders helped to meet the needs expressed at the grassroots and to propose interventions and techniques adapted to field conditions. Partnership with WFP helped to take advantage of its food-for-work programme in boosting project execution that involved labour use intensity. The simplicity of schemes put in place makes maintenance, management, and the ownership by the beneficiaries easier.

Outcomes
Rice farmers have built more than 274 km of ***** and 67 km of canals. Rice production has been boosted to about 10,000 tons per year with the speedy development of over 3,800 ha of low-lands and mangroves. Vegetable production also increased to about 8,100 tons per year. More than 24,000 farmers including 14,000 women have benefited from the rehabilitation of rice land.
The project has provided significant support to farmers in terms of improved seeds (850 tons of rice and 650 tons of vegetable seed), fertilizer (755 tons) and agricultural equipment. The involvement of NGOs and farmer organizations has also enabled the latter to better achieve their goal, extend their scope of action, and ensure greater presence on the ground. In total, over 440 producer groups and associations, 85 per cent women, were provided with organization and training support.
Several Agriculture services also received support such as training and provision of equipment and/or logistics to carry out a number of tasks. PRESAR enabled a census of livestock at the national level, preparation of the Livestock Sector Development Policy Letter and its action plan, design of a bankable project for the livestock sector, revitalization of INPA activities and regional centres in charge of research and development, or revitalization of a regional directorates of agriculture. In terms of infrastructure, PRESAR rehabilitated six national and regional laboratories, 15 agricultural produce warehouses, and nine cereal banks. It also constructed a municipal market and five fruit and vegetable (or community) markets.

From http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-eve...n-of-the-agricultural-and-rural-sectors-9444/
 

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Again a bit old, but intresting. In this violent and unstable country, there is still some people willing to take a risk

Bauxite Angola plans to continue with its projects in Guinea Bissau
August 15th, 2012 News
Bauxite Angola has informed the Guinea Bissau government that it is available to re-launch its mining project in the south of the country and continue with construction of the deep water port in Buba, the Angolan company’s assistant communications director said in Bissau Tuesday.

At the end of a meeting that the chairman of the Angolan company, Bernardo Campos, had with members of the Guinea Bissau transitional government that followed the 12 April coup d’etat, Tegna Na Fafé said that the company had never given up on prospecting work for bauxite exploration.

“The delegation came to tell the transitional authorities that Bauxite Angola has been and is now in Guinea Bissau, where it plans to continue with its work on bauxite exploration and construction of the port of Buba,” said the communications assistant cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

At the meeting with the ministers for the presidency of council of ministers, Fernando Vaz, of the economy, José Biai, and of natural resources, Daniel Gomes, Bernardo Campos said that Bauxite Angola was available to continue with its work based on the agreements signed with the previous Guinean government, said Tegna Na Fafé.

Bauxite Angola is an Angola-based company set up for mining and investment in a number of areas, and since 2007 has held mining rights on bauxite reserves in Guinea Bissau.

Geological surveys point to significant bauxite deposits in Boé, some 240 kilometres southeast of Bissau, with estimated reserves of 113 million tons. (macauhub)

From: http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2012/...-continue-with-its-projects-in-guinea-bissau/
 

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The same project has also hit a bit of a setback, butin this article it's in a little bit more detail. Despite it being a bit negative its still intresting

BISSAU Aug 23 (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau's transitional government said it will renegotiate a deal with Angola Bauxite as the current agreement, signed by a government ousted in an April coup, is unfair.

Angola Bauxite, part-owned by the Angolan state, first signed a $500 million plan to build a mine and deepwater port in Guinea-Bissau in 2007 to handle bauxite, the ore from which aluminium is made. Progress has been slow due to political uncertainty.

A coup in April derailed elections that former prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior looked set to win. An interim administration has since been put in place in the West African country, despite calls by some nations that the former government should be reinstated.

"The agreement signed in 2007 by the government of Carlos Gomes Junior is not fair .. As a result, the terms of the agreement must be reviewed," government spokesman Fernando Vaz said on Thursday after a meeting with an Angola Bauxite delegation.

"The transitional government will not accept that Bissau receives 10 percent (of revenues) while Angola Bauxite takes 90 percent," Vaz added.

An official at Angola Bauxite, which had sent a delegation to Bissau to discuss restarting the project, was not immediately available for comment.

Just before the coup, officials said that the project had stalled, with little work completed since the official inauguration in July 2011, due to political instability and a delayed environmental impact study.

The project is due to create a deepwater port at Buba with a capacity of three 70-tonne vessels simultaneously, and a 3-million tonne per year mine in Boe, 240 km (149 miles) southwest of Bissau. (Reporting by Alberto Dabo; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Anthony Barker)
 

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Some more (abeilt old) news

The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMO) is to provide Guinea Bissau with 393 million CFA francs (US$782,000) for the agricultural and fishing sectors, according to three protocols signed Tuesday in Bissau.

According to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the documents were signed as part of a one-day visit to Guinea Bissau by the president of the WAEMO commission, Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumare, who signed them along with the transitional Guinean government’s Finance Minister, Abubacar Demba Dahaba.

The documents cover national vaccinations campaigns against anthrax, which particularly infects herbivorous animals, but which can also infect humans, and against Newcastle disease (a bird disease), as well as to increase collection of statistical data on artisanal and continental fishing. (macauhub)
 

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Some more good news from Guinea Bissau :)

China to fund installation of wind energy in Guinea Bissau
August 31st, 2012 News
All the inhabited islands of Guinea Bissau will have wind-generated power as China plans to contribute US$150 million for this project, the Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment of the Guinean transitional government said Thursday in Bissau.

Cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa, Minister Daniel Gomes said that the funding contract had already been signed and Chinese technicians were now awaited to start installing the equipment on the Bijagós archipelago and the islands within the mainland, in Chão Manjaco, in the north of the country.

Using funding from telecommunications group ZTE Corporation equipment will also be installed to produce photovoltaic energy in the south of Guinea Bissau, said the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

The minister did not specify if the Chinese funding of US$150 million was a donation or a loan. (macauhub)

From http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2012/08/31/china-to-fund-installation-of-wind-energy-in-guinea-bissau/
 

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Guinea Bissau is expected to grow slowly this year, mainly due to the April coup, and the falling cashew prices as India is becoming more self sufficiant.

China is also bringing 17 healthcare workers to the country

The Guinea Bissau economy is expected to grow 2.8 percent this year, which is far less than the 4.5 percent projection from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the spokesman for the transitional government, Fernando Vaz, said Tuesday in Bissau.

In December 2011, the resident IMF representative, Alfredo Santos, said that economic growth in Guinea Bissau in that year was estimated at 5.3 percent and forecast that in 2012 the Guinean economy would post growth of 4.5 percent.

Summarising the first month of the transitional government, Vaz, who was accompanied by the Minister for Justice and Territorial Administration, said that the government had found 1.3 million euros in the State coffers but had also “inherited” bank debts, unpaid salaries, eight months of debts to embassies and unpaid salaries in the interior for structures related to the energy sector.

The government, Vaz added cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa, paid three months of salaries to public workers, negotiated delayed payments with teachers and has also paid off two of the eight months of delayed payments to embassies.

Vaz announced that in the Health sector an agreement had been signed with China, which would bring 17 health workers to Bissau, including doctors. (macauhub)

From http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2012/...expected-to-post-growth-of-2-8-pct-this-year/
 

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Sadly the country is struggling with it's main export. Although it is said that if the agricultural sector was modernised then Guinea Bissau could easily triple its cashew nut output, hopefully the new government will do this soon.

Guinea Bissau is facing difficulties with distributing its cashew nut production to international markets, due to surplus production around the world, the spokesman for the transitional government, Fernando Vaz said in Bissau.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Vaz said that there were currently 90,000 tons of cashew nuts (one of Guinea Bissau’s main export products) standing in warehouses in Bissau waiting to be shipped.

Projections from the government overthrown in the Coup D’Etat of 12 April last were that the country would this year export 220,000 to 230,000 tons of cashews but the transitional government had to lower these projections to 180,000 to 190,000 tons.

Vaz explained that normal retraction of economic activities (normal at this time in Guinea Bissau) along with a lack of liquidity at retail banks are some of the reasons given for the difficulties faced in shipping the cashews out of guinea Bissau.

The spokesman said that this was added to the fact that India, the world’s main buyer of unprocessed cashew nuts, is not buying the product at the same rate as in previous years due to a surplus in production around the world, which is not just affecting Guinea Bissau, but also other countries.

According to the President of the National Cashew Institute, André Nanque, Guinea Bissau exported 174,000 tons of cashews in 2011, which was a record, and brought US$266 million into the public coffers. (macauhub)

From http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2012/...-problems-distributing-cashew-nut-production/
 

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Sad, but quite predictable I guess. Not good news overall but I don't post just good news. I like to tell it how it is :)

Guinea Bissau’s economic growth is lowest in sub-Saharan Africa

The political situation in Guinea Bissau has set back the country’s economy this year, driving it into last place amongst sub-Saharan African countries in terms of economic growth, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said recently.

The director of the IMF’s Africa department, Antoinette Sayeh, said that after posting string growth in 2011, with the gross domestic product growing 5.3 percent, the Guinea Bissau economy had suffered a setback due to a downturn in sales of cashew nuts and the country’s political situation since the coup d’etat on 12 April.

According to Sayeh, the political situation has affected the country’s fiscal performance, despite a return to economic growth being possible when cashew exports returning to normal. In relation to the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, Sayeh said that despite a world economic recession, performance “is vigorous” and some countries have good growth outlooks, of 5 percent or more in some cases for 2012 and 2013.
 

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World Bank supports Guinea Bissau once again

The World Bank plans to return to supporting Guinea Bissau by providing funding for social projects that are already underway, the World Bank’s operations director for Guinea Bissau, Vera Songwe said Tuesday in Bissau.

After a meeting with the transitional Prime minister, the director noted that the World Bank had frozen its aid to Guinea Bissau following a coup d’etat on 12 April of this year.

“We noted that there were a lot of social programmes underway in the country and we have decided to take them up again,” said Songwe, who noted that the programmes involved funding of US$18 million.

Songwe, who explained the decision was based on the difficult international climate and the World Bank’s wish to support the Guinean population, said that the projects were in areas such as biodiversity and fishing, as well as infrastructure linked to the Health and Education sectors.

Meanwhile a joint international mission including members of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLC), the African Union, and the European Union is in Bissau to analyse the current situation in the country.

The international mission has already met with the Guinea Bissau Foreign Affairs Minister, Faustino Imbali, and other meetings are scheduled. (macauhub)
 

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Portuguese-Guinean company to supply electricity to three areas in Guinea Bissau

Power distribution company Electrobissau has signed an agreement with the Guinea Bissau transitional government to supply electricity to three areas in the north of the country, Luís Neves, one of the company’s partners told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

In an initial phase the agreement includes supplying electricity produced by diesel generators, to the populations of Bula, Canchungo and Cacheu, and Neves said that Canchungo would be the first town to receive electricity as it already had 30 percent of the equipment needed.

The agreement signed by the government and Electrobissau, a company owned by three Portuguese businesspeople and one Guinean, will be valid for 20 years. (macauhub)
 

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Guinea Bissau to have its first shopping centre

The first shopping centre in Guinea Bissau is expected to open in the country’s capital, Bissau, within 18 months and is part of a project put together by a Portuguese-Guinean consortium, said Portuguese businessman Luís Neves speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The first stone for construction of the shopping centre, which is part of a chain of several that will be built in the future, will be laid Saturday at a ceremony attended by Guinea Bissau officials and businesspeople from both countries.

Neves also said that representatives of eight Portuguese companies from the metal mechanics, carpentry, pre-fabricated houses, blacksmithing, food, kitchens, and construction materials sectors were due to arrive in Bissau Friday in order to experience the reality of Guinea and to analyse possible areas for cooperation with local businesspeople.

The shopping centre, which will be built in the Brá industrial area, 6 kilometres from downtown Bissau, will cover an area of 1,500 square metres and have four floors.

As well as the shopping centre, the Portuguese-Guinean consortium also plans to build seven warehouses, two cinemas, one multi-services building, low cost offices, a pavilion for exhibiting products from Guinea Bissau and from other countries as well as launching a private radio station to promote the group’s businesses. (macauhub)

The shopping centre is small, but for Guinea-Bissau, it is a step in the right direction.
 

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Chinese project to link Bissau by motorway to other West African capitals

Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau, will in future be linked by motorway to other West African capitals, as the result of a project launched by the Chinese government and by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Construction of the Trans-West African Highway, which will be 2,000 kilometres long, is part of an agreement to develop facilities and for economic cooperation signed last week in Abuja, Nigeria, by the Chinese government and ECOWAS, according to Nigerian website Ventures.
The agreement was signed by the Chinese deputy Trade Minister, Li Jinzao, and ECOWAS representatives.

The Dakar-Lagos highway project, linking the capital of Senegal to Nigeria’s financial capital, will pass through Banjul, Bissau, Conakry, Freetown, Monrovia, Abidjan, Accra, Lomé and Cotonou.
These capitals currently have no continuous road link, which makes it difficult to distribute goods.

According to US professor Deborah Brautigam, of John Hopkins University, the project will be “enormously complicated,” to carry out as it involves nine countries that will be responsible for funding construction.
“Perhaps the tender will be launched as a public-private partnership, with tolls. That is the Chinese model,” the US academic wrote this week on her blog “China in Africa.”

The project, which as yet has no schedule or funding, is another significant step in China’s involvement in West Africa and in Guinea Bissau.
It will create alternatives for example, for transporting cashew nuts, which are Guinea Bissau’s main export product, to the international market.
The project comes at a time when other projects are also being launched to develop the country’s natural resources, such as bauxite and phosphates.

This year, Guinea Bissau’s economy is expected to post growth of 2.8 percent, Guinean government sources have told Macauhub.
Guinea Bissau, along with Cape Verde, is China’s smallest trading partner amongst the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Trade between China and the eight Portuguese-speaking countries rose 28.23 percent year-on-year in 2011 to US$117.23 billion, according to figures from China’s Customs Service.

The Guinean government recently announced China had granted the country US$150 million in funding for a project to install wind energy systems on all of the country’s inhabited islands.

The funding contract has already been signed and Chinese technicians were now awaited to start installing the equipment on the Bijagós archipelago and the islands within the mainland, in Chão Manjaco, in the north of the country.

Using funding from telecommunications group ZTE Corporation equipment will also be installed to produce photovoltaic energy in the south of Guinea Bissau, said the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.
In the Health sector an agreement was also recently signed with China, which will bring 17 health workers to Bissau, including doctors. (macauhub)
 

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Angola still interested in bauxite exploration in Guinea Bissau

Angola’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Georges Chicoti said Thursday in Luanda that Angola was still interested in bauxite exploration in Guinea Bissau, but for that to happen there would need to be “a climate of peace.”
Chicoti was reacting to recent accusations from the Guinea Bissau government that Bauxite Angola, the Angolan company that had planned to explore bauxite (the ore from which aluminium is produced) in the East of Guinea Bissau, had done nothing since it signed an exploration contract seven years ago.

The accusations made by the mining resources minister of the transitional Guinea Bissau government, Daniel Gomes also included that Bauxite Angola had yet to present environmental impact and economic viability studies as outlined in the contract. (macauhub)
 

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Guinea Bissau takes delivery from China of refurbished national stadium

The government of Guinea Bissau Wednesday took delivery from Chinese representatives of the 24 de Setembro National Stadium following two years of modernisation and repairs needed after the facility was damaged by bombing during a state coup, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

The 24 de Setembro National Stadium, named after the date of Guinean independence (24 September), was built in the 1980s and has no undergone significant refurbishment, including installation of video-surveillance cameras, plastic chairs in the central terraces, a “tartan” pitch, and electronic scoreboard and new turf with its own watering system.

With capacity for 15,000 people, the stadium, which is the only one with real grass in the country, is known locally as “the cathedral of Guinean football.”

“China built our parliament and our government palace, it is restoring the Republican palace, built the military hospital in Bissau and the Canchingo regional hospital, and is about to build the palace of Justice,” said the country’s president, Serifo Nhamadjo, adding that “China has carried out work in all of the institutions of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.” (macauhub)
 

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IMF projects recovery for Guinea Bissau economy in 2013

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast that the economy of Guinea Bissau will recover this year, following a contraction in 2012 and due to an “upturn in cashew exports,” according to a statement issued Wednesday.
Summarising the six-day visit by a mission to Guinea Bissau, the first since the coup d’Etat in April 2012, the IMF said that the country’s economic activities had been affected by a sharp drop in export volume and prince of cashews and due to a drop in aid from donors following the coup.

However the IMF said that, “although the situation remains difficult due to existing political uncertainties,” it is expected that “the economy will recover in 2013” with an upturn in production and exports of cashews, which are Guinea Bissau’s main export.

The mission discussed the budget proposal for 2013 with the government and noted that, “fiscal stability should be based on a coherent budget plan with prudent projections for internal revenues and foreign donations.”
Discussion about Guinea Bissau will continue during the Spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, in Washington (in April), after which another IMF mission will visit Guinea Bissau. (macauhub)
 

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International Monetary Fund returns to Guinea Bissau

A re-launch of the activities of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Guinea Bissau will mean the return of other international donors, the Finance Minister of the transitional government, Abubacar Demba Dahaba said in Bissau.

An IMF mission is visiting Guinea Bissau and the Finance Minister was speaking after the transitional Prime Minister, Rui de Barros, granted an audience to the head of the IMF mission Maurice Villaverde.

The IMF representative for Guinea Bissau said that consultations in the capital had been used to analyse and offer an opinion on the State Budget for 2013, and also to discuss support proposals, particularly in terms of taxation and public finance reforms.

The IMF suspended its aid to Guinea Bissau following a coup d’etat in April 2012, and the transitional authorities see the return of the IMF technicians as a vote of confidence. (macauhub)
 
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