Cape Verde: Cape Verde wants to be link between China and Portuguese-speaking countries

29 May 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 29 May – Cape Verde wants to be an intermediary in the link between Portuguese-speaking countries and China, “making use of its geo-strategic position,,” the archipelago’s economy minister, José Brito said in Praia Wednesday.

The minister was speaking at the opening of the 4th Meeting of Businesspeople for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, which began Wednesday in the Cape Verdean capital.

The meeting is mainly aimed at making links between China and the Portuguese-speaking nations easier, and the Cape Verdean minister noted that bringing together businesspeople and officials form China, Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Angola was a victory for Cape Verde.

One of the aspects that Cape Verde wants to intermediate, he said, was the cargo and passenger transport.

With this in mind, the national airline, TACV, has already signed a handling deal with Air China for its Latin American routes, which may still be boosted, the minister said.

Brito said that another aspect that was considered was sea transport, which was not efficient between the three continents.

Sea links are also a Brazilian concern, particularly the link between Brazil and the countries on the West coast of Africa.

The fourth meeting of businesspeople for economic and trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries has brought together 300 businesspeople and representatives from promotional institutes to expolore business opportunities over two days in Praia.

The meetings between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, which have previously been held in Luanda, Lisbon and Maputo, are a consequence of a protocol signed in Macau in October 2003 by promotional organisations from the various countries. (macauhub)