Two-figure economic growth is main priority for new Cape Verde government

14 March 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 14 Mar – The new government of Cape Verde, which took office last week, said its main priority for this term of office is to increase the country’s growth rate to two figures, according to a statement released Tuesday in the capital of the West African archipelago.

“The first priority of this government is to work for the country’s strong growth and competitiveness, growth which should be two figures and the consequent reduction of unemployment and poverty,” the statement, released after the first meeting of the cabinet of José Maria das Neves.

In 2005, Cape Verde’s economy grew by over 7 percent, a higher rate than had been expected thanks to strong foreign investment, exports and consignments from emigrants.

At the first cabinet meeting of Cape Verde’s ministers, according to the statement, the cabinet discussed the overall basis for the government’s program over the next five years.

Under the terms of the Cape Verde constitution, this program must be presented within the next 15 days.

According to the government “particular attention,” will be given to qualifications and employment, through the implementation of a “professional raining program and an agenda with active job creation policies, especially for young people.”

Another priority is the area of new technologies which the government wants to be implemented, “in all sectors, from education to public services and administration.”

In terms of social reform the government plans to focus on health, social security, decentralization, land use planning and housing policies. (macauhub)