Mayor of Sal, Cape Verde, calls for Chinese investment in island’s tourism sector

27 June 2011

Sal, Cape Verde, 27 June– The Mayor of Sal, Jorge Figueiredo, called on the Chinese deputy Trade Minister, who was visiting the island, to support investments in the tourism sector, Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress reported.

The delegation from China, headed up by the country’s deputy Trade Minister, Jiang Yaoping, visited Sal in order to find out more about its tourism sector.

The Mayor of Sal took the opportunity to call on China to make use of the island not only to attract Chinese investors in the tourism sector, but also to encourage tourists to visit Sal.

He thanked China for its intention of supporting the country, particularly Sal Island, through construction of the Santa Maria school which, according to Figueiredo, could make it possible for a training strategy to be set up on the island, ranging from pre-school to post-secondary education, particularly in the area of tourism.

The Mayor noted that Sal had important tourist facilities, had been the island with greatest development in the 1990-2000 period and had posted two-digit GDP growth.

The Chinese mission also included the secretary for the Economy and Finance of the Macau Special Administrative Region, Francis Tam Pak Yuen, and around 40 businesspeople from China and Macau. (macauhub)