Cocaine-related graft erodes Guinea-Bissau governance | IRIN News
Drug-trafficking in Guinea-Bissau is undermining the country’s stability, distorting its economy and intensifying the competition for power among political and military leaders, say analysts and observers.
“Because drug-trafficking stokes instability, it affects every citizen. Moreover it gives the country a deplorable image, which tends to discourage donors. In a country where access to credit is difficult, some observers say that drug money has been used to fund the cashew nut trade, the country’s main export and a key revenue source for the rural population,” Vincent Foucher, a researcher with the International Crisis Group (ICG), told IRIN.
He said drug money is also funding the personal security networks of top politicians and military personnel - an important element in ongoing power struggles and political strife.
“But regarding drugs, the security forces have a comparative advantage [to the politicians],” said Foucher.