Guinea Bissau leader expected in Dar today

By Christina Mwakangale , The Guardian
Published at 05:55 AM Jun 21 2024
President  Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló of Guinea
Photo: Media Foundation for West Africa.
President Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló of Guinea

PRESIDENT Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embaló of Guinea-Bissau is today expected to arrive in the country for a two-day working visit.

Ambassador Dr Samwel Shelukindo, the permanent secretary for the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ministry, said at a press conference yesterday that the visiting Head of State is expected to tour the standard gauge railway (SGR) along with export processing zones (EPZ).

Upon arrival as the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), the Guinea Bissau leader will be received by Foreign minister January Makamba, then proceed to the State House for formal talks with President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

In priority the talks will be centred on the cashew nut crop as Guinea Bissau is doing well in marketing the crop and Tanzania wishes to learn from them, he said.

Other issues slated for discussion include malaria prevention under the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), the ministerial executive stated, noting that the visit is set to strengthen collaboration between the two countries and innovate on strategic collaboration.

The trade volume between two countries was low at $200,000 from 2016 to 2021, he said, expressing the view that the visit will facilitate higher trade activity between them.

President Embaló has been in office since February 27, 2020 after having served as prime minister from 2016 to 2018, a senior member of the Movement for Democratic Alternation (MADEM-G15), graduating in political science and international relations.

Observers say that his presidency has been marked by efforts to stabilize the political landscape of Guinea-Bissau, which has experienced significant political turbulence in the past.