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GUINEA-BISSAU THE TIGER OF WEST AFRICA

Ready For Business.

Trade Oppurtunities

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERY AREA

The Guinea-Bissau Investment And Trade Commission is pleased to present investment opportunities to potential investors and companies around the world. We offer our network of suppliers, banks, government, local political offices, labor, logistics and local corporations to potential investors. The GBITC is pleased to offer not only up to date information on investment opportunities, but we can help you network and facilitate your investments in Guinea-Bissa

Areas of attractive investments and lucrative returns.

AGRICULTURAL PROCESSING

Given the country's favorable climate and labor force, Guinea-Bissau has traditionally been an agricultural producer. However it is also a major importer of agricultural products such as fruit juices, roasted nuts, chicken feed and dairy products. The food processing industry presents a tremendous opprtunitiy in Guinea-Bissau. There's a huge market and demand for fruit juice processing facilities to process the country's mangoes, oranges, tomatoes and other fruits. Reducing the country's dependence on foreign juices, tomato paste, flour and other packaged agricultural goods will provide investors not only with a virgin market, but government tax holidays and other additional benefits. The countries cashew nut sector is currently lacking proper roasting and packaging facilities.

FISHERIES

Guinea-Bissau is rich in marine life. There are several opportunities for joint ventures with local fishing companies for the expansion, operation and modernization of canneries and packaging facilities. These facilities could serve local demand and offer products for export markets as well. Currently two of the three fish processing facilities are in bankruptcy because of mismanagement. Potential investors could purchase the assets of these fish processing facilities and enjoy government incentives as well. Three refrigerators (of Bolola, Bolama and Cacheu) belonging to the government are not working. None of the instalations obeys to the Comunity minimum standard health conditions. These are available for sale as well.

LIVESTOCK

Livestock productions is about 8% of the country's GDP. The livestock sector is primarily limited to sustainable small scale farming. There are no large scale ranches and farms in Guinea-Bissau, although the climate and the ample availability of land would permit such enterprises. The increasing demand for beef and poultry as well the growing demands of the tourism and hospitalitiy indsustries make this a viable sector, ripe for investment.

MANUFACTURING

The manufacturing industries are limited to small to medium scale enterprises producing mainly for the domestic market. The coutry is open for the large scale processing of cotton, timber, kaolin, beach sands and salt. Although the country has the ingredients and the demand for cement, it still has not cement processing facilities. Cement manufactured in Guinea Bissau can be sold in Senegal and Guinea as well. The growing deman for ceramic tiles is also met through imports althoug the raw materials andthe cheap labor are widely available in the country.

ENERGY SECTOR

The energy sector of Guinea-Bissau is ready for major changes. The current energy output is unable to meet the demaint. The government is constantly seeking foreign investment capital to modernize its energy sector. As the country's risk assesment levels increase these investments are becoming increasingly attractive. The government is also encouraging the use of renewable energy sourcies. The broadbased use of solar PV equipment, biomass sources, windmills for powering water pumps is becoming much needed. Guinea-Bissau has the highest prices for energy in the region. Capital investment is needed to improve the state of production, transmission and distribution of energy. The country currently has 40% unmetered consumption currently. The government is ready to provide incentives and tax holidays to those wishing to invest in Guinea-Bissau's energy sector.

TOURISM

Although small Guinea-Bissau has breathtaking white sandy beaches, exceptional wildlife and an arhcipelago of 88 uninhabited islands ready for tourism development. The government is committed to the expansion of the fledgling tourism sector through the development of eco-tourism sites in the Bijagos archipelago. The close proximity of Bissau's international airport and the easy access to European travel markets makes Guinea-Bissau a perfect winter time beach and wildlife destination. Bissau is currently underserved by European and US carriers. There are opportunities for hotel and air traffic development.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The investment and trade environment in Guinea-Bissau is constantly changing and evolving. GBITC has the most up to date infromation about the political, investment, business and trade winds blowing in Bissau. Before you invest, trade or set up a company, contact us.

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