Co-operation relations between Portugal and Guinea-Bissau

General information

Official name: Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Capital: Bissau

President: José Mário Vaz

Prime-Minister: Aristides Gomes

Independence Day: 10 September 1974

Regions: Bafatá, Biombo, Bolama, Cacheu, Gabú, Oio, Quinara, Setor autónomo de Bissau and Tombali.

Languages: Portuguese (official), Crioulo, Balanta, Mandinga, Fula, Manjaca, Papel, Mancanha

Religion: Animism (55%), Islamic (40%), Catholic and others (5%).



Geographical Area: 36,125 Km2.

Climate: Tropical and humid with two seasons, the dry season (November to the middle of May) and the rainy season (middle of May until the end of October)



Population: 1.7 Million inhabitants (2012) (UN)

Average rate of population growth: 2.6% (2010) (UNDP)

Life expectancy: 48.6 (2010) (UNDP)

Literacy rate: 50.3% (2010) (GB Ministry of Education)

Human development index: 176th position (2012) (UNDP)


Economic data

Currency: Franco CFA (1€=665.957 CFA)

GNP per Capita: 134 USD (2006) (BP)

Inflation rate: 2.1% (2012) (BP)

Unemployment rate: n.a.

GNP Growth rate: 3,5% (2012) (BP)

Main exports: Cashew nuts, peanuts, fish, wood, tropical fruit (AICEP)

Exports - Portugal: (% do total): 2012 – 0.1% (BP)

Imports - Portugal: (% do total): 2012 - 25.1% (BP)

Direct Portuguese Investment: 0.1 (trade) (2009) (BP)

Main investors: n.a.


Other information

Portuguese Embassy in Bissau

Ambassador: Alves de Carvalho


Avenida da Cidade de Lisboa

Apartado 76

1021 Bissau

Tel.: +(00 245) 93206945

Attaché/Co-operation contact: António Nunes

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Embassy of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau in Lisbon

Ambassador: Hélder Vaz


Rua de Alcolena, n.º 17

1400-004 Lisboa

Tel.: 213 009 081


Current situation

General framework

The co-operation strategy between Portugal and Guinea-Bissau is part of the objectives of the strategic concept of Portuguese Co-operation 2014-2020 and the options outlined by the Guinean authorities, which are part of the Terra Ranka Strategic Operational Programme 2015-2020 guidelines and objectives.

Portugal has been the largest bilateral donor to Guinea Bissau. In the period from 2009-2014, the amount of Portugal-Guinea Bissau bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) was the following:







10 361 000

11 868 051

9 829 376

7 400 231

6 054 326

6 939 674

                                                             Source: Camões, I.P. (euros)

It should be noted that the decrease in aid in 2012 and 2013 stems from the fact that Portugal reduced its number of co-operative interventions due to the 12th of April 2012 coup which resulted in the suspension of institutional co-operation. However, Portugal remained on the ground with projects developed by NGDOs in direct support for people in priority sectors such as education, health and rural development.

Strategic Co-operation Programme Portugal Guinea-Bissau 2015-2020

On the 6th of July 2015, a Strategic Co-operation Programme was signed by Portugal and Guinea Bissau for 2015-2020 comprising two priority areas of intervention: Plan I - governance, rule of law and human rights and Plan II - human development and global public goods.

Strategic Co-operation Programme Portugal Guinea-Bissau 2015-2020

Strategic Co-operation Programme Portugal Guinea-Bissau 2015-2020 - Download

Action plan: November 2014 - June 2015 - Portuguese version

Co-operation i n Numbers

Official development assistance 2013 – 2017 - Guinea-Bissau

Portuguese ODA to Guinea Bissau has dropped slightly since between 2012 and 2013. In 2014, this trend was reversed and net ODA amounted to 8,41 M€, continuing to grow in 2015 to 12.49 M€ and stabilizing in 2016 (11,73 M€) and decreasing in 2017 (9,44 M€). On average, between 2013 and 2017 the country benefited from 9,62 M€.

Both in net and gross amounts, most of the assistance was attributed to the “Social Infrastructure & Services” sector group (education, health, population and reproductive health, water and sanitation, government and civil society, other social infrastructures and services) which received an average of 8,86 M€ over the last 5-year period, representing 90% of total aid to that country.



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