France and Guinea
Ms Maria Adiatu Djaló Nandingna, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and the Diaspora, visited France in May 2009 and had the opportunity to meet the Minister of State for Cooperation and Francophonie, Mr Alain Joyandet.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and the Diaspora, Mr Mamadu Saliu Djaló Pires, attended the farewell ceremonies for President Sanha in Paris in January 2012.
In consultation with the African Union, France invited the Foreign Affairs Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Mr Fernando Delfim da Silva, to the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa held in Paris on 6 and 7 December 2013.
Since September 2015, the French Embassy has been providing a streamlined diplomatic presence.
The volume of trade is very low. In 2015, French exports to Guinea-Bissau amounted to €6.58 million and French imports from Guinea-Bissau to €117,000.
The French economic presence in Guinea-Bissau is very small and limited to the companies Total (35% of the oil supply market) and Orange, and to some individual hotel business investments.
France’s action focuses on two areas: the teaching of French and healthcare.
The France-Guinea-Bissau Cultural Centre opened in March 2004 and is today a renowned place of culture in Bissau catering for the demand for the teaching of French so as to foster the regional integration of Guinea-Bissau. The teaching of French affects several hundred people in strategic sectors (Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, justice, finance, National School of Public Administration of Guinea-Bissau, etc.). Education of All is on an upward trend.
France is the second-largest global contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (around 12.5% of total contributions) and the largest contributor to the Global Fund in Guinea-Bissau (5% Initiative: €1.3 million for the period 2013-2014). Support from the French diplomatic post for the Global Fund in reforming governance structures in Guinea-Bissau has helped improve management of the Global Fund for the benefit of patients. Reduction in the staff of the diplomatic post makes it difficult to monitor this issue locally and the post has requested more regular visits by the Health Adviser (who is resident in Dakar).