Brazilian mission from Ceará wants to set up sea route to Cape Verde

16 May 2012

A mission of businesspeople and representatives of Brazilian institutions is due begin a visit to Cape Verde Thursday, which will include talks on launching a sea route between Fortaleza in the Brazilian state of Ceará, and Praia, the capital of Cape Verde.

The possibility of this project becoming a reality is great according to the chairman of Ceará Trade Brasil and the Angola-Brazil Chamber of Commerce in Ceará, Roberto Marinho, who said that despite the logistics being complicated, the project could be a success.

In January of this year a Brazilian mission visited Cape Verde to study cargo concentrations and an agreement was signed by the Ceará Docks Company and Cape Verdean counterpart Enapor, which according to Marinho was the first step in establishing the direct sea route between Ceará and Cape Verde.

This new Brazilian delegation will include members of the board of port company Companhia das Docas do Ceará, the Ceará Foreign Trade Commission (CCE), the Brazil-Portugal and Brazil-Angola Chambers of Commerce in Ceará, the Brazilian Service to Support Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (Sebrae), the Federation of Industries in Ceará State/International Business Centre (FIEC/CIN), and businesspeople and union leaders from the region.

The mission, which is scheduled for 17 to 24 March, will meet on 18 May with the Sotavento Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, in Praia to find out about the business climate in Cape Verde, and on 22 May will meet with the board of port company Enapor – Portos de Cabo Verde. (macauhub)