Israel keen on economic ties with G/Bissau - diplomat

APA - Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)

The Israeli government has expressed keen interest in establishing viable trade and economic relations with Guinea-Bissau.

The announcement was made by Israel’s Ambassador to Bissau, Paul Hirschson, in an exclusive interview with APA.

Hirschson is accredited to five West African countries namely Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde.

The Ambassador said he was in Bissau as part of a working visit to the authorities, holding several meetings, especially with the Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources Ministers, the Prime Minister and President José Mário Vaz.

Hirschson took advantage of his stay in Bissau to invite the government of Guinea-Bissau, particularly the Minister of Natural Resources, to participate in an International Conference on Water Technologies in Israel in September this year.

The Israeli diplomat also said he had asked the Guinea-Bissau authorities to open a diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv to facilitate stronger relations between the two countries.

“I came here to also seek the opportunity to allow Israeli investors to engage in trade and economic activity alongside Guinea-Bissau businesspeople. We have investors who are interested in investing in this country, but there must be stability and peace that allows them to gain the confidence to invest in a country,” he noted.

Paul Hirschson acknowledged that Guinea-Bissau has great economic potential to become one of the most prosperous countries in the region.

During his meeting with President José Mario Vaz, Hirschson said he was asked to comment on the plundering of Guinea-Bissau fisheries resources and expressed his country’s readiness to help find a solution to this problem.

“Israel is a country, which has made great strides in the field of technology and security. The pattern can be used to monitor the sea in Bissau-Guinea” he said.

“We are well equipped in water technology, agriculture, medicine and security. Israeli businesspeople are interested in establishing partnerships with their counterparts in Guinea-Bissau” he added.

The Israeli diplomat said he had asked President José Mário Vaz for his country’s support to allow Israel to become an “observer member” of the African Union.

The Israeli diplomat said President Vaz assured him of Guinea-Bissau’s support to the Israeli government in this regard.


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