China to fund acquisition of patrol ship by Cape Verde

17 December 2012

Cape Verde’s acquisition of another ship to patrol the archipelago’s territorial waters will receive financing of US$5 million from the Chinese government, Pan-African news agency Panapress reported.

Without saying if the funding was a donation or a loan, Panapress said that the money was part of the General Bilateral Cooperation Agreement signed in 1997 and which allows Cape Verde, every two years to benefit from funding to buy military materials and equipment.

The new patrol ship will join the “Guardião”, bought by Cape Verde in the Netherlands last January as part of the efforts the Cape Verdean government has been making to boost coastal patrols in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), including search and rescue, inspection, combating trafficking and illegal fishing operations.

Due to a lack of internal capacity to patrol its extensive EEZ, Cape Verde has been working with six Atlantic countries, namely Portugal, Brazil, the United States, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, which periodically send aircraft and ships to take part in joint patrols in the archipelago’s waters.

Private naval security is another of the Cape Verdean government’s concerns and last week it signed a protocol with a private specialist British company that will support the local authorities to prevent arms trafficking in Cape Verde’s waters. (macauhub)