Chinese ambassador says that Cape Verde may get Chinese-African trade zone

25 May 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 25 May – The Chinese ambassador to Cape Verde, Sun Rongmao, said Wednesday in Praia that the country may be home to one of the six special trade areas that the Beijing authorities plan to set up in Africa.

According to Cape Verdean newspaper, A Semana, Sun, whose three-year mission is coming to an end, has focused on “the excellent geo-strategic position” of Cape Verde to be chosen as the location for one of these areas, and said there was a “good chance” that this will occur.

“At the moment, the embassy itself is making great efforts for Cape Verde to house one of those areas,” the diplomat said, guaranteeing that the Chinese government supported that aim, but that a decision also depended on other factors.

Sun said that Chinese businesspeople would have a stake in the decision, and it would also take into consideration Cape Verde’s infrastructures and links to other African countries.

Tuesday in Macau, Cape Verde’s foreign minister reiterated the country’s interest to the Beijing authorities in housing the Special Economic Area.

Borges noted that Cape Verde was well situated geographically “between Africa, the Americas and Europe,” and argued that the country lives in peace and is socially stable, which are both “important for development of economic activities.” (macauhub)