Venezuela and Guinea-Bissau signed new bilateral agreements on April 4, 2016. The agreements were signed by the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and the Bissau-Guinean Prime Minister Carlos Correia. Through the bilateral agreements, cooperation between the two states will be strengthened. This is part of the efforts by Maduro’s government to create new ties with African countries.
The news about the signing of the agreements is reported in http://www.venezuelanalyis.com/news/11918. Maduro is quoted by Danilo Diaz Grandos on twitter saying that Africans are like brothers to the people of Venezuela. The delegation from Guinea-Bissau was, led by the Prime Minister, was received by Maduro in Miraflores where three fresh agreements were signed by the two heads of state. The agreements are in defense, education, health, and communication and are valid until 2030.
The agreements will see teleSUR, a pan-Latin American TV network based in Caracas, expand its broadcasts to Guinea-Bissau. There was also a commitment to increase the Venezuela-trained Bissau-Guinean doctors from the current number of just 29. Correia on his part pledged that his country stands in solidarity and will continue supporting Venezuela even after the recent renewal of sanctions by Washington.
The cooperation between the two countries started in 2006 after diplomatic relations were initiated. This was part of the efforts by Hugo Chavez, who was the then president, to establish close ties with African countries. It is during this period that embassies were opened in several African countries.