China to expand cooperation with Cape Verde

18 September 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 18 Sept – The Chinese ambassador to Cape Verde said Friday that bilateral cooperation in various areas would be expanded, and noted that building a new national stadium, from scratch, for various sports was currently under consideration.

The new cape Verde national stadium with a capacity for 20,000 spectators would be located in the Monte Vaca area, on the outskirts of Praia.

Chinese ambassador, Li Chunhua was speaking to journalists at the end of a his first working meeting with Cape Verde’s prime minister, José Maria Neves, since he became ambassador in August.

China plans to fund infrastructure development projects in Cape Verde, specifically social housing, energy, manufacturing cement and refurbishment of Cape Verde’s shipyards, totalling investment of over US$240 million.

Among the portfolio of projects is the construction of social housing on the islands of Santiago, S. Vicente, Boa Vista, Maio and Sal, which would benefit from funding of around US$100 million.

The bilateral projects also include the S. Cruz cement factory, estimated to cost US$65 million, as well as refurbishment of the Cabnave shipyards, which is expected to cost between US$60 and US$65 million.

Also a possibility is the restoration of the electricity power plant (Praia), estimated at US$10 million.

At the end of last year, China and Cape Verde signed a series of agreements estimated at US$23 million with a view to funding the National Stadium, and the construction of the archipelago’s new Maternity Hospital and Emergency Unit.

The ports and customs sector was also supported, with the purchase of three scanners to be installed in the ports of Praia (Santiago), Porto Grande (São Vicente) and Palmeira (Sal).

China is responsible for the work to expand the Medical Consultation Centre and the Agostinho Neto Hospital Maternity Ward, in Praia, and has a team of eight Chinese doctors working on the archipelago, the 13th group sent on a mission to the country.

In terms of Education, China is concluding work on two schools in the interior of Santiago island, and, last August, 25 students from Cape Verde travelled to Beijing on educational grants from the Chinese government to continue their studies.

China also funds the fisheries sector, and a team of three specialists is currently at the National Institute for Fishing Development, on Sao Vicente, for a year-long period, working on developing a strategic plan to implement aquaculture and fish farming in Cape Verde. (macauhub)

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