Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Cape Verde in January

19 December 2005

Praia, Cape Verde, 19 Dec – The Chinese Foreign Minister, Li Zhaoxing, will visit Cape Verde next January, with the issue of Taipei (Taiwan) and trade relations between China and the West African archipelago, the local press reported.

According to the Cape Verde press, the visit by Li, the first Minister to visit Cape Verde since its independence, in 1975, will be used by the government to present a project for creating a re-export platform for Chinese products to the African continent.

The government has also said it hopes to drive forward negotiations between the city halls of Praia and Beijing to build a national stadium, which will likely be located in the area of São Filipe, on the outskirts of the capital.

The Cape Verde visit is part of a tour by Li along the West African coast, with confirmed visits to Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria and Benin.

China recently said it would finance the building of a new maternity department and an outpatients’ center at Agostinho Neto Hospital, in Cape Verde’s capital. The work is estimated to cost 3.65 million euros.

Chinese cooperation will also fund the 1.9 million euros construction of an infirmary for the operating bloc of Agostinho Neto Hospital and a hall of residence for Chinese doctors in Praia.

The figure includes maintenance work for the Cape Verde parliament building, also financed by Chinese partners.

Chinese funds are also being used to finance construction of Cape Verde’s first dam, which will be located in Poilão, on Santiago Island. (macauhub)