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Guinea-Bissau – Situation in the country (18 June 2019)

France is concerned about the political situation in Guinea-Bissau. After the holding of inclusive, free and peaceful parliamentary elections on March 10, the results of which were accepted by all parties, it expresses the hope that a new government can be appointed as swiftly as possible.

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France and Guinea-Bissau

Political relations

Ms Maria Adiatu Djaló Nandingna, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and the Diaspora, visited France in May 2009 and met with the Minister of State for Cooperation and Francophonie, Mr Alain Joyandet.

In consultation with the African Union, France invited the Foreign 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 a very lightweight diplomatic presence post.

Economic relations

The volume of trade is very low. In 2017, French exports to Guinea-Bissau amounted to €3.35 million and French imports from Guinea-Bissau to €2.61 million.

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.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France’s action focuses on two areas: the teaching of French and health.

The France-Guinea-Bissau Cultural Centre opened in March 2004 and is today a renowned cultural venue in Bissau, catering for the demand for French teaching so as to foster the regional integration of Guinea-Bissau. French teaching is provided for 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.). Teaching for the general public is seeing promising growth.

France is the second-largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (about 12,5% of total contributions) and the leading contributor to its activities in Guinea-Bissau.

Updated: May 2018