China to increase its aid to Cape Verde

24 June 2011

Praia, Cape Verde, 24 June – China’s deputy trade minister, Jiang Yao Ping, said Thursday in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia that China would increase its aid to Cape Verde, as well as extending economic cooperation with the Macau Special administrative Region (MSAR) as a platform.

Jiang Yao Ping made the statement after a meeting with Cape Verde’s Prime Minister, José Maria Neves as part of a two-day visit to the archipelago, accompanied by Macau’s secretary for the Economy and Finance, Francis Tam Pak Yuen, and by a delegation of 40 businesspeople from Macau.

Jiang Yao Ping also said that the visit had a string focus on economic cooperation and that the 40 businesspeople from Macau would have contact meetings with local economic operators.

According to the Chinese minister, the fact that Portuguese is spoken in Macau and that, “there are very strong historical and cultural ties,” with Cape Verde could make an understanding easier to reach.

“We can make use of the role of platform that Macau carries out to deepen bilateral cooperation,” he noted.

During his visit to the archipelago, the Chinese deputy trade minister is expected to sign five agreements with Cape Verde in the areas of education, solar energy, water and health.

The Chinese delegation is due Friday to move on to Sal island where its will visit some tourism projects. (macauhub)