Cape Verde: Cape Verde may be gateway for Brazil to Africa and Europe, Brazilian foreign minister says

30 June 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 30 June – Brazil’s foreign affairs minister, Celso Amorim said Friday in Praia that Cape Verde could be a gateway for entry of Brazilian products into the African market as well as into European countries.

Relocating Brazilian companies to Cape Verde would be an opportunity to reach African markets, but also “an opportunity to reach developed countries (Europe) where Cape Verde is preferential and Brazil does not have that same status,” he said.

Amorim was speaking after a meeting with his Cape Verdean counterpart, Victor Borges, as part of a one-day visit to Cape Verde, during which he opened a Brazilian Studies Centre and a Training Centre in the capital, which were both funded by Brazil.

The two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding, according to which Brasília and Praia made a commitment to hold regular meetings to discuss and schedule cooperation for development, political dialogue and economic and business cooperation.

As part of the visit, Amorim and Borges also signed cooperation protocols to create a Breast milk Bank in Cape Verde, and to support primary Healthcare, the archipelago’s Employment and *Professional Training Institute and training of workers of the Professional Training Centre opened Monday. (macauhub)