Considered as a tropical country on West Africa’s Atlantic coast, Guinea Bissau is an agricultural-led economy, dependent on cashew nut exports. The Covid-19 pandemic and closure of borders have halted the economic system for a while, but with an expected large-scale vaccination program, trade activities will begin to boost growth to 2.9% in 2021 and 3.9% in 2022.
If your organisation is planning a move to Guinea Bissau, Africa HR Solutions is your go-to HR outsourcing partner in the region. Our dedicated team manages all your employment outsourcing initiatives, from Professional Employer Organisation (PEO), Employer of Record, payroll solutions, to make sure you can focus on your business strategy while we smoothen your Guinea Bisseau HR outsourcing strategy with peace of mind, all aligned to cultural, labour, legal and other policies of the country.
Population: 1.9 mn
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $1.43 bn
GDP Growth: 3.8%
Foreign Direct Investment (% of GDP): 1.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1 %
Currency: West African CFA franc
With a primary reliance on international assistance, a subsistence economy, and the export of cashew kernels and fish, Guinea Bissau remains one of the world’s most fragile economies. Significant developments remain in the pipeline to bring the country to new heights – for instance, the processing sector is not fully developed and mineral resources namely bauxite, phosphate, and oil are not leveraged. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit households and businesses which in turn has caused poverty to increase.
The World Bank engagement is guided by a Country Partnership Framework which is, in turn, re-evaluated and renewed every 4-5 years, having two major goals: “(1) Increase access to quality basic services especially outside of the capital city of Bissau and in the poorest areas of the country and (2) Expand economic opportunities and enhanced resilience with gender and governance as cross-cutting themes.”
More than 70% of Guinea-Bissau is covered with primary forest which occupies around 45%, protecting a rich diversity of fish, plants, mammals, and birds
The country is one of the founding members of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries
Guinea Bissau is the world’s sixth-largest producer of cashews
The national dish is ‘Poulet Yassa’, a chicken dish famous in West Africa
New Year’s Day
International Women’s Day
Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguoiti
Feast of Sacrifices
Anniversary of the Movement of Readjustment
Employment agreements in Guinea Bisseau can be oral or written format, though a written version is preferred to outline all information regarding wage and compensation in West African franc. Employees are entitled to sick, parental, and vacation leaves. The standard work schedule is 45 hours per week. Employers may define the schedule of work and communicate to the employee before onboarding them. Private healthcare is usually recommended to recruits.
While you move to Guinea Bissau, make sure you work with a go-to partner like Africa HR Solutions who knows the local, cultural, and market insights of the country, who can guide your decisions and advise you on the wage and compensation benefits to attract the right talent.
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Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.
Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.
Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.
A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.
Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.
He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.
Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.
With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.
His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.
He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.
Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.