Angola will restart projects that it had in its portfolio in Guinea-Bissau following the inauguration of the new government led by Carlos Correia, the Angolan ambassador said recently in Bissau. Ambassador Daniel Rosa, after being received in an audience by the Guinean President, José Mário Vaz, stressed that what had hindered the implementation of projects in Guinea-Bissau, such as exploration of bauxite deposits, has been the reigning political instability.
“These are projects with very high costs that, because of that, can only be implemented when there is political stability,” added the ambassador.
The diplomat said that with the current stability, which he believes will be lasting, Angola would resume contacts with Guinea-Bissau in order to, first, find out what guarantees the Guinean government will give, and then to start work. Construction of the deepwater port in the locality of Buba in the south of Guinea-Bissau and bauxite mining in Boé, in the east, are the main interests of the Angolan government in Guinea-Bissau.
The ambassador also said the government of Angola welcomed the end of the political crisis that Guinea-Bissau has experienced in the past three months, following the political resolves of President José Mário Vaz.
The two nations’ friendly relations and co-operation were interrupted following the occurrence of the Guinea-Bissau coup of 2012.