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Guinea-Bissau Livelihood Initiative

UNIOGBIS: United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau

Global Fairness Initiative visits Guinea-Bissau at invitation of SRSG

"09 September 2013- A mission from Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) is visiting Guinea-Bissau from 9-12 September at the invitation of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau, José Ramos-Horta, to look into the possibility of investment in economic projects.

Led by the GFI founder-president, Karen Tramontano, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former US President Bill Clinton, the mission includes representatives of potential donor organisations. It aims to meet with individuals and organizations to learn more about Guinea-Bissau’s short and long-term goals as well as its development challenges and opportunities, and to discuss with multiple stakeholders opportunities for partnership and investment.

On Monday 9 September, the delegation paid a courtesy visit on SRSG José Ramos-Horta, who had invited GFI to visit the country during a meeting held in Washington in May 2013. The SRSG is a member of the GFI’s board of directors, made up of various outstanding personalities, including former presidents, top private sector executives and leaders of non-governmental institutions.

On Monday, the GFI delegation met with the UN Country Team, which comprises representatives of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS, and United Nations agencies that operate in the country. At that meeting, Ms Tramontano explained that GFI was interested in investment in initiatives that can have a major impact on the development of livelihoods.

The agenda of the GFI delegation further includes meetings with Guinea-Bissauan state officials, discussions with national private sector representatives, meetings with representatives of male and female farmers, fishermen and fisherwomen, textile weavers and traders, as well as visits to agricultural and other projects in different parts of the country."


Video: Development cooperation in Guinea-Bissau (Africa) 2014

Watch this three minute video on Guinea-Bissau to learn about the challenges the country and it's citizens face today. This video, on behalf of the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation, goes inside Guinea-Bissau to capture these challenges first hand and speak with representatives such as, but not limited to, His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau and Mr. Gana Fofang and UN Deputy Special Representative and Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau.