Buba is the largest city in southern Guinea-Bissau, lying on the Rio Grande de Buba, near the Contanhez National Park. It has a population 6,815 (2008 est).[1]

Colonial building in Buba
Colonial building in Buba
Buba is located in Guinea-Bissau
Location in Guinea-Bissau
Coordinates: 11°35′24″N 14°59′24″W / 11.59000°N 14.99000°W / 11.59000; -14.99000
CountryFlag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau
RegionQuinara Region
3 m (10 ft)
 • Total8,556

During his presidency, former President of Guinea-Bissau Kumba Yala planned to move the capital city to Buba.[2] Those plans have been dropped since he was deposed in a coup d'état. Construction is under way for a deepwater port that could host three 70-tonne vessels at any given time. It is being built by Angola Bauxite in order to export bauxite.[3]

The Portuguese constructed an army camp in Buba, which, shortly after independence, was used as the headquarters for a Dutch Foreign Aid Project aimed at providing the villages of Quinara and Tombali with safe drinking water. The construction of a plywood factory through Swedish Foreign Aid in 1982 boosted the economy and growth of Buba, as it installed a steam engine which produced enough electricity to supply the whole town.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x%3D%26men%3Dgcis%26lng%3Den%26des%3Dwg%26srt%3Dnpan%26col%3Dabcdefghinoq%26msz%3D1500%26geo%3D-95. Retrieved 2008-06-16. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS | Africa | Capital change for Guinea-Bissau". news.bbc.co.uk. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  3. ^ "Bissau government to review Angola Bauxite deal, calls it unfair". Reuters. 23 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-06-30.

Coordinates: 11°35′N 15°00′W / 11.583°N 15.000°W / 11.583; -15.000