Cape Verde wants to expand cooperation with Brazil in professional training sector

16 October 2009

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16 Oct – Cape Verde wants to expand cooperation with Brazil in the area of professional training, Cape Verde’s prime minister, José Maria das Neves said in Sao Paulo Thursday.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the head of the West African archipelago’s government noted that Cape Verde was currently the country with the highest number of scholarship students in Brazilian universities.

“We want to further boost that cooperation between Brazil and Cape Verde, in the area of professional training,” the prime minister said on an official visit to Brazil.

Neves has taken part in meetings with businesspeople and with the governor of the state of Sao Paulo, José Serra, where he stated Cape Verde’s wish to receive Brazilian companies.

The head of the government also met with Brazilian businesspeople from the electricity sector to discuss a construction project for a thermal power station to produce electricity by burning domestic waste.

“We can resolve the problem of where our waste goes and the lack of electricity in Cape Verde in one joint and environmentally sustainable way,” said Raulison Resende, director of Brazilian company CIMI, which is already present in Angola.

On Wednesday, in Rio de Janeiro, the prime minister invites the state governor, Sérgio Cabral, to visit Cape Verde in 2010.

In Brasilia, where he was received by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Tuesday, Neves agreed a visit by a Brazilian technical team to Cape Verde in November.

The mission of the Cities Ministry and state bank Caixa Económica Federal will discuss extending Brazil’s involvement in the construction sector, particularly in housing for the population.

The official visit by Cape Verde’s prime minister to Brazil is due top end Monday in Fortaleza, in the northeast, with his return to Cape Verde. (macauhub)