Guinea-Bissau

​I. Country Profile 

Country:Republic of Guinea-Bissau 
Capital:Bissau
Head of State/ Government:José Mario Vaz (since 17 June 2014)
Head of Parliament:Cipriano Cassamá
Prime Minister:Umaro Sissoco Embaló (since 18 November 2016)
Minister of Foreign Affairs:Jorge Malú (since 2016)
Official Language:Portugese Crioulo
Religion:Islam (45,1%), Christian (22,1%), Animism (14,9%), other religions (15,9%)
Independence Day:24 September 1973
Territory:28.120 Km²
Population:1.815.698 (World Bank, 2016)
Currency:

West African CFA (XOF)

XOF per USD : 617 (2017)

GDP (Nominal):USD 1,126 billion (World Bank, 2016)
GDP (Per Capita):USD 620,14 (World Bank, 2016)
Foreign Exchange Reserve:USD 67 million (includes golds) (World Bank, 2000)
Foreign Direct Investment:USD -19,6 million (World Bank2013)
Total Value of International Trade:USD 135 million (2005) ​deficit USD 88 million
GDP Growth:5,6​% (World Bank, 2015)
Industries:Plantation (Peanut, cotton), Agriculture, Fisheries
Country Representative:

Indonesia:

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dakar

Guinea-Bissau:

Under the process to open a representative office in Jakarta.


II. Bilateral Relations

  • Politics

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Guinea-Bissau was opened in December 12, 1996. Both countries support each other in various international forums, among others, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Indonesia's membership in the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Category C for the period 2016-2017.

On 7 August 2017 in Bissau, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and Defense Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Eduardo Costa Sanha. signed a Letter of Intent (LoI). The signing of the LoI is also a new history for the relations between the two countries where for the first time Indonesian high officials paid a working visit to Guinea-Bissau since the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries on December 12, 1996

  • ​Economy and Trade

In the economic field, the value of trade between Indonesia - Guinea-Bissau reached USD 2,9​ million in 2016, an increase of 26.5% compared to 2015 (USD 4 million) with a surplus on the Indonesian side.

  • ​Social-Culture

In the period 2012-2017 there had been no citizen of Guinea-Bissau who successfully received a scholarship from the Government of Indonesia.​

In 2017, the Government of Guinea-Bissau requested Haj funds to the Government of Indonesia to deploy hajj pilgrims from Guinea-Bissau. Until now there has been no official response from the Government of Indonesia related to the request.