Cape Verde’s prime minister attends Forum for China-Africa Cooperation

1 November 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 01 Nov – The Cape Verdean prime minister, José Maria Neves, will head the delegation representing the country at the head of state and government summit of the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), due to be held in Beijing, officials said.

Neves, who will join 48 heads of state and government expected at FOCAC, will head a mission including the minister of the economy, Pereira da Silva, the foreign minister, Victor Borges, who is already in Beijing.

FOCAC is a discussion and cooperation group between China and African countries with which Beijing has bilateral relations and 48 of these have confirmed their presence at the November summit, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Relations between China and Cape Verde are currently, according to the Foreign Ministry, “solid” as is proven by recent Chinese investments in the archipelago, including the Poilao dam on Santiago Island, and the modernization of Agostinho Neto Hospital, cape Verde’s largest hospital, located in the capital, Praia.

Chinese cooperation with Cape Verde is very apparent on the archipelago due to the many building projects carried out by Beijing, as is the case with the National Assembly, the country’s parliament building. (macauhub)