The first week of independence for the new African State of Guinea-Bissau was not without difficulties.
The first week of independence for the new African State of Guinea-Bissau was not without difficulties. The ruling party, the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), has found many problems in its path as the struggle begins to put the former Portuguese colony back on its financial feet.
Since Portugal formally recognised Guinea-Bissau on 10 September, the PAIGC and the people have found their problems these days are domestic rather than military, as was the case during 13 years of guerrilla war. In the capital of Bissau, life for the 25,000 African in habitants drones on in hot, humid conditions.
Residents face a daily problem of finding food. Rice is the infant nation's staple food, and currently there is a shortage. Queues stretch outside shops a housewives attempt to buy rations for their families.
For the Government of President Luis Carbal, one of the main concerns is to return Guinea-Bissau to its rural origins. However observers say, investment will still be needed to stimulate production of the country's three cash crops - rice, palm oil and peanuts.
On Friday (13 September), the PAGIC held a news conference to brief journalists on the party's future plans for the development of the country. The conference was conducted by PIGC Central Committee member, Senor Juvencio Gomes, who touched on the problems facing Guinea-Bissau's food, health and agriculture services.