Brazilian industry owners from Ceará state want sea link with Cape Verde

6 October 2011

Fortaleza, Brazil, 6 Oct – The Federation of Industries of the State of Ceará (FIEC) in Brazil wants a direct navigational route between the Brazilian city of Fortaleza and Cape Verde to make trade easier between Brazil and Africa, said the chairman of the Federation, Roberto Macedo.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Roberto Macedo, after saying that the shipping route was needed to expand trade, noted that the link would turn Cape Verde into a logistics centre for distributing products from associated companies to West African countries.

Macedo said that FIEC was currently contacting ship owners, although it was necessary to prove that the volume of trade would be sufficient for the shipping line to be economically viable.

According to figures from the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), between January and August of this year, Ceará exported US$4.4 million in products to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), including food, perfumes and cosmetics, clothing and footwear, and others.

The statements from the chairman of FIEC were made during the Portuguese Language Business Meeting organised by the Brazil-Portugal Chamber in Ceará, an event due to end Thursday in Fortaleza.

The city of Fortaleza is already linked by air to Cape Verde, with a three and a half-hour flight run by Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde (TACV) that is the only direct link between Brazil and the African archipelago. (macauhub)