Praia, Cape Verde, 8 July – The start of work for modernisation and expansion of the Cape Verdean port of Praia, carried out as part of the Millennium Challenge Account – Cape Verde (MCA-CV) Infrastructure Project, is scheduled for next October.
The information was made public by the MCA-CV Management Unit, in an assessment of three years of activity after the signing, on 4 July, of an agreement between the governments of Cape Verde and the United States, which made the archipelago the second country in the world to benefit from US MCA programme funding.
Via this programmes Cape Verde received US$110 million for carrying out projects in three areas, Management of Hydrographical Basins and Support for Agriculture, Infrastructures (ports, roads and bridges) and Development of the Private Sector.
After three years, the MCA-CV said that, as part of the project to Modernise and Expand the Port of Praia, the studies and projects for the phase 1 work have been concluded, and that proposals from contractors who want to carry out the work are now being analysed.
“The work will begin in October 2008. The Environmental Impact Study is in the process of being approved. Studies and projects for Phase 2 are being finalised,” it said
In terms of development of agricultural services, according to na MCA-CV source, na international company ahs been contracted to support the training of 800 farmers, draw up a project for a packaging and preservation centre, to provide technical assistance in setting up a drip irrigation system on a 11 hectares of land.
The MCA-CV also added that in the project for Developing the Private Sector, negotiations are underway to contract a consultant to provide assistance to national partners in setting up a Private Credit Information Bureau. (macauhub)