Government of Cape Verde wants to diversify relations to partners such as China, Russia and Brazil

23 October 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 23 Oct – The government of Cape Verde wants to boost diplomatic relations with countries such as Senegal, Brazil and Russia in order to “mobilize partnerships” in the country’s new stage as a medium income country, said Cape Verdean prime minister José Neves in Praia Monday.

From January 1, 2008, Cape Verde will become part of the group of medium income countries, as defined by the United Nations, and it will lose some of the funding that it had so far from the international community.

According to Neves, who was speaking at a conference organized by the UN on the country’s graduation, for that precise reason it is necessary “to mobilize new partnerships,” and have “an intelligent neighborhood policy,” which includes boosting relations with Senegal, Morocco, Mauritania and Brazil.

The Cape Verdean strategy also includes boosting diplomatic relations with Russia, countries in the Persian Gulf and China, “to diversify the network of relations in order to mobilize partnerships.”

Cape Verde’s main partners (such as Portugal), will also be invited to change the kind of support they now provide, adapting it to the new situation, the economy minister, José Brito told journalists.

Cape Verde was admitted to the category of low income countries in 1977, two years after its independence from Portugal.

In 2004 the UN General Assembly decide to upgrade the country to a medium income country, but gave Cape Verde a three year period to prepare for the transition.

So far Cape Verde has managed to satisfy two of the graduation criteria: per capita income and human development index. However, it is far from achieving the third criteria, the economic vulnerability index, the UN Development Policy Committee has recognized. (macauhub)