Cape Verde: Cape Verdean government wants legislation on casino gambling approved by year’s end

8 September 2008

Macau, China, 8 Sept – Cape Verde plans to set up a legal framework for the casino gambling sector by the end of the year, the Cape Verdean secretary of state for the economy, Humberto Brito said in Macau Friday.

“We are working and we hope that the legislative change will be concluded and in place by the end of the year,” said the secretary of state, who arrived in Macau Friday to represent his country at a seminar on the role of the special administrative region as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Brito told Portuguese news agency Lusa that he would also like to the start of an investment by gaming sector businessman, Macau legislative assembly member and honorary consul for Cape Verde in the territory, David Chow, in Cape Verde.

Noting that China was already a partner of Cape Verde even before independence, Brito noted that cooperation with the Asian powerhouse ahd developed and that now it was on an “extremely interesting path in terms of economic cooperation in which there is obvious interest in investments in Cape Verde, taking into account its geographical location.”

Brito also said that each Portuguese-speaking country was part of an “economically interesting” space and that in Macau the Portuguese language had a “cultural value that also has to do with a common trajectory.”

“In that trajectory and the development of each one, Macau has been a link between the Portuguese-speaking countries and China and, working with that role, all the countries will come out winners,” he said noting that, “there are various experiences that, brought together in Macau, with which we share various historical values, make the link with China easier. (macauhub)