Cape Verde recognized as prime Chinese tourist destination

22 October 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 22 Oct – China and Cape Verde signed an accord on Saturday to make the West African archipelago a privileged destination for Chinese tourists.

The accord, signed by China’s ambassador to Cape Verde, Wu Yuanshuan and Cape Verde’s economy minister, José Brito, is aimed to facilitate trips by Chinese entrepreneurs and also Chinese package tourism to the islands.

China is regarded as Asian’s main source of tourism and Beijing selects a certain number of countries every year as privileged destinations for these visitors.

Ambassador Wu said his embassy is working with Cape Verde’s economy minister to make São Vicente Island one of China’s planned five special economic zones in Africa. As part of this project, the same island is to shortly get a fisheries supply center.

The Chinese diplomat added that a group of engineers from his country will visit Cape Verde next month to study the Beijing-funded national stadium project.

China has funded various development projects in Cape Verde, notably the islands’ first dam. (macauhub)