Cape Verde to request China’s support for development projects

18 July 2012

Cape Verde plans to apply for Chinese funding for development projects in a number of sectors, said Cape Verde’s ambassador to China, Júlio Morais, speaking about the official visit to China by Cape Verde’s Prime Minister, which began Tuesday.

The ambassador noted that the visit to China, in March, by Finance Minister Cristina Duarte had been important “because it made it possible to establish a two-way agenda,” in the economic sector, especially because Cape Verde had a number of projects, “for which it will apply for Chinese funding.”

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the ambassador said that the visit by Prime Minister José Maria Neves was essentially to take part in the inaugural ceremonies of the 5th Ministerial Conference of the China-Africa Cooperation Conference and the 4th Conference of the China-Africa Business Forum, which are due to take place this week in the Chinese capital.

Morais also said that Cape Verde’s new economic situation, as the country transitions to becoming a medium income country, “presents new challenges,” and it will be against this background that Cape Verde will present to China, “new challenges and better ways of projecting the country’s relations with China in the future.”

After visiting Beijing, where he will stay until Friday, Neves is scheduled to visit the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone adjacent to Hong Kong on Saturday and will conclude his official visit to China on Sunday, with a trip to Macau and a meeting with Macau’s Chief executive, Chui Sai On. (macauhub)