Domingos Simões Pereira

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Domingos Simões Pereira
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16th Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
In office
3 July 2014 – 20 August 2015
PresidentJosé Mário Vaz
Preceded byRui Duarte de Barros (Acting)
Succeeded byBaciro Djá
5th Executive Secretary of the
Lusophone Commonwealth
In office
25 July 2008 – 20 July 2012
Preceded byLuís de Matos Monteiro da Fonseca
Succeeded byMurade Isaac Murargy
Leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde
Assumed office
9 February 2014
Preceded byCarlos Gomes
Personal details
Born (1963-10-20) 20 October 1963 (age 56)
Farim, Portuguese Guinea
(now Guinea-Bissau)
Political partyAfrican Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde
Children
  • Anthony Simões Pereira
  • Nisalda Simões Pereira
  • Domingos Simões Pereira Jr.

Domingos Simões Pereira (born 20 October 1963[1]) is a Bissau-Guinean politician who was Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau from 2014 to August 2015. He previously served as Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, also known as the Lusophone Commonwealth, from 2008 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Born in Farim on October 20, 1963, Domingos Simões Pereira is the son of a farmer, a small landowner forced to abandon the property due to the beginning of the war of independence. His father was even arrested by the International and State Defense Police (PIDE), accused of collaboration with nationalist groups.

Still a child, he went, with the rest of his family, to Bissau and, soon after, in 1969, to Cacheu, where he attends primary school.

Academic and professional career[edit]

In 1974, he joined the first groups of students who, at National Lyceum Kwame N'Krumah, under the teaching of names like Atchutchi Ferreira and Helder Proença, studied without the tutelage of the colonial regime. It was at the high school that, in 1979, the staff of the African Youth Amílcar Cabral (JAAC), a young wing of the PAIGC.

With the completion of high school education, he is selected as a militant teacher, which he takes on for the evening course, while, during the day, he teaches mathematics at the then Professional Technical Training Center and at the School of Health Technicians (Nursing).

In 1982, he received a training scholarship to the Soviet Union, where he graduated in civil and industrial engineering from the Odessa National Polytechnic University (1988). In Odessa, she is a member of the Guinea-Bissau student association.

In 1988, after 2 months in Bissau as an engineer at the Ministry of Public Works, he left for Cacheu to work at Cooperativa Unidade e Progresso (CUP), one of the largest construction companies at the time. He managed to climb the ranks in the company, becoming deputy general director of CUP in 1990.

In 1990 he entered the first cycle of formation of the PAIGC aiming at the democratic opening, and in this period his proximity to the top management of the party is worth the opportunity to continue his studies.

In 1990 he won a master's scholarship abroad and, until 1994, he remained in the United States, at the California State University, Fresno, where he completed the Master's program in Technical Sciences of Civil Engineering in the specialty of structures. Between 2013 and 2016 he received a doctorate in political science and international relations from the Catholic University of Portugal.

Politics[edit]

Domingos Pereira returns to Guinea-Bissau in July 1994, and follows the last days of the electoral campaign for the country's first multi-party elections. Minister Alberto Lima Gomes invites him to reinstate the staff of the Ministry of Public Works, where he has accumulated functions as National Director of Road and Land Transportation and Roads and Bridges. With the rise of Francisco Fadul to the post of prime minister, he moves away from the government.

In 1998, he was part of the Support Cell for the National Authorizing Officer of the European Development Fund and, being in charge of the infrastructure dossier, and; a year later he joined the World Bank staff for the Guinean Private Sector Rehabilitation and Development Project, where he stayed until 2004.

With the victory of PAIGC, he is called to the government and assumes the functions of Minister of Public Works between 2004 and 2005. He accepts the challenge of organizing the 6th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP. After completing this mission, he then accepted the invitation of the bishops of the Catholic Church of Guinea-Bissau to address Caritas of Guinea-Bissau as Secretary-General.

From December 2006 to 2014 he was an advisor to the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau for infrastructures under the responsibility of the World Bank, dealing with transport and communications, namely the renegotiation of telecommunications concession contracts, ports and air agreement with Portugal; it also assists the government in structuring the regulatory agency and in licensing the first cell phone license in the country.

At the 7th PAIGC Ordinary Congress, held in Gabu, in June 2008, he was elected a member of the permanent commission of the PAIGC Political Bureau, continuing to fulfill the mission conferred months before by the President of the Republic, to serve as CPLP Executive Secretary. During the four-year term, he bet on the organization's affirmation at the international level and with civil society; developed concrete partnership and cooperation actions in the most varied domains; he did not neglect the importance of Portuguese and the culture that unites and diversifies the identity of the peoples of the CPLP.

In February 2014, at the 8th PAIGC Ordinary Congress, in the city of Cacheu, he was elected to the leadership of the party, and; between 3 July 2014 and 20 August 2015, he served as Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2015-09-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Domingos Simoes Pereira". JN.pt. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Rui Duarte de Barros
Acting
Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Baciro Djá