Cape Verdean government confirms its plan to build Santo Antão airport

5 September 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 05 Sept – The government of Cape Verde is to go ahead with the studies needed for the construction of Santo Antão airport, the country’s prime minister, José Maria Neves said on a four-day visit to the island.

The online version of cape verdean newspaper, Voz di Povo reported that Santo Antão airport is one of the government’s priorities for this term, and once the international airports of Boa Vista and s. Vicente are concluded, the government plans to use its resources and partnerships to launch the project.

Neves said that the airport (which is to be located on the outskirts of the city of Porto Novo), alongside the construction of the Porto Novo/Janela road, is a fundamental project for the island in order for it to become more modern and competitive.

Without disclosing names, Neves said numerous companies intended to invest in Santo Antão, and reiterated his commitment to these plans being carried out.

The mayor of Porto Novo, Amadeu Cruz, said that the airport is a requirement of the island’s modernization process. The island is focusing on attracting private investment in order to meet the challenge of unemployment and economic growth.

The extension and modernization of Porto Novo’s port, the construction of the new local power plant and the increased installed capacity for it to serve local industries are other projects that should go ahead, he said. (macauhub)

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