South Africa-Guinea Bissau look to strengthen trade ties

South Africa-Guinea Bissau look to strengthen trade ties

South Africa wants to explore new possibilities of economic, trade and investment cooperation in Guinea Bissau. President Cyril Ramaphosa will host his Guinea Bissau counterpart General Umaro Sissoco Embaló during a state visit at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday morning.

Relations between South Africa and Guinea-Bissau date back to the days of the common struggle against colonialism and apartheid led by both the ANC and the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde – the PAIGC.

The two countries established their diplomatic relations in 1994 following South Africa’s all-race elections with Pretoria opening its embassy in Guinea Bissau in 2008.

And with a two-way trade of less than R2 million, both countries want to re-invigorate a number of bilateral agreements. And for its part, Pretoria wants to increase its trade and investment in the areas of agro-processing, defence, infrastructure and mining.

The two leaders are also expected to share views on regional, continental and global issues particularly peace, security and economic development.

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