China to help Cape Verde to maintain buildings built by Chinese aid on the archipelago

1 September 2011

Praia, Cape Verde, 1 Sept – Cape Verde and China Wednesday in Praia signed two cooperation agreements that involve Chinese aid to the archipelago of over US$1.7 million, according to the Cape Verdean press.

One of the agreements is to extend the Praia Maternity Unit and the Outpatients’ Unit, as well as other refurbishment work, along with construction of “a modern morgue,” according to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, José Luís Rocha, at Agostinho Neto Hospital, in Praia.

The value of the agreement has yet to be set s, “it will be assessed so that the respective design project and cost of construction,” can be drawn up said Rocha who also noted that, regardless of the figure, “it is within the limit of funding that China is providing to Cape Verde, on a regular basis, particularly in the form of donations or interest-free loans.”

The second agreement is related to “five Chinese technicians coming here for a period of two years, to allow for the maintenance of all the large buildings and other social and administrative equipment built by China in Cape Verde,” which the Secretary of State said would be worth around US$1.7 million.

The Chinese ambassador to Cape Verde, Li Chunhua, noted on the occasion that, “via this document, the buildings that were built and funded by Chinese aid – the National Assembly and Government palaces, the national Library and Auditorium and other projects – can be preserved, along with the equipment inside them.” (macauhub)