August 15, 2012 ·0 Comments
DJIBOUTI — Minister of State, Colonel Omar Mukhtar Embalo on Sunday arrived in Djibouti as a special envoy of the President of Guinea Bissau Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo to deliver a message to President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh.
His visit was aimed at calling on African leaders to support the current political transition in the country and to help bring the deadlock to an end.
It is the highest level contact between the two African countries since the April military coup in the former Portuguese colony.
The message from president Nhamadjo was precisely to seek support to access much needed resources to tackle the prolonged crisis in his country.
The country’s farmers Association told U.N. special envoy for Guinea Bissau Joseph Mutaboba that Guinea Bissau was set to suffer a major decline in revenue. The production of cashew, the largest export commodity was down half this year. The group blames the coup and current political and security turmoil.
The report went on to state that production of the crop, which employs just under 80 percent of the workforce, accounts for 90 percent of the country’s revenue.
In a statement to the press after the meeting, Colonel Embalo said he came to update President Guelleh the situation back home.
“We are a country emerging from a crisis and your president is one of the most influential man in Africa. We therefore came to inform the staunch Pan-Africanist about the current situation of our country emerging from a long period of crisis,” he said.
Due to deep divisions and political uncertainties, the African nation has failed thus far to convince organizations such as the African Development Bank, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to support their process.
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By Sahra Farah