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U.S. Relations With Guinea-Bissau

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U.S.-Guinea-Bissau Relations

The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Guinea-Bissau in 1975, following its independence from Portugal. The U.S. is expanding its programs and presence in the country as a statement of our support for the elected president, government, and National Assembly. There is no U.S. embassy in Guinea-Bissau. All official U.S. contact with Guinea-Bissau is handled by the U.S. embassy in Senegal. Local employees staff the U.S. Liaison Office in Bissau, and U.S. diplomats from the embassy in Dakar travel frequently to Bissau.

U.S. Assistance to Guinea-Bissau

The U.S. is in the process of engaging with Guinea-Bissau. Following President Jose Mario Vaz's inauguration, the U.S. lifted restrictions on foreign assistance to Guinea-Bissau, which had been in place since shortly after the April 2012 coup. The U.S.’s top priorities in Guinea-Bissau are to promote security sector reform, combat drug trafficking, prevent infectious disease, and implement multi-sector reforms, which would spur investment, sustainable development, and poverty reduction.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Guinea-Bissau is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. U.S. exports to Guinea-Bissau include agricultural products and machinery. The U.S. has a trade and investment framework agreement with the West African Economic and Monetary Union, of which Guinea-Bissau is a member.

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