More information about Guinea-Bissau is available on the Guinea-Bissau Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Guinea-Bissau in 1975, following its independence from Portugal. President Jose Mario Vaz assumed power in June 2014 after fair and free elections. Vaz’s inauguration ended a civilian Transitional Government that emerged in the wake of a coup in April 2012. The United States 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 United States is in the process of engaging with Guinea-Bissau. Following Vaz’s inauguration, the United States lifted restrictions on foreign assistance to Guinea-Bissau, which had been in place since shortly after the April 2012 coup. The United States’ 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 (AGOA). U.S. exports to Guinea-Bissau include agricultural products and machinery. The United States has a trade and investment framework agreement with the West African Economic and Monetary Union, of which Guinea-Bissau is a member.
Guinea-Bissau’s Membership in International Organizations
Guinea-Bissau and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Guinea-Bissau is also a member of the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, and the Council of Islamic Cooperation.
The U.S. Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau is Tulinabo Mushingi, resident in Senegal; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Although Guinea-Bissau has a mission to the United Nations in New York, it currently does not have an embassy in, or diplomatic accreditation to, Washington, DC.
More information about Guinea-Bissau is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Guinea-Bissau Page
U.S. Virtual Consulate
History of U.S. Relations With Guinea-Bissau
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Country Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics