Cape Verde’s new National Stadium is due to be delivered in November and the country’s Presidential Palace, in the centre of Praia, will be transformed into a luxury building, said the Chinese ambassador to Cape Verde, Su Jian.
Cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, the ambassador said China was “proud” to be able to contribute to Cape Verde’s sporting and cultural development by building the National Stadium.
Su Jian said that the National Stadium, built in the Monte Vaca area on the outskirts of Praia, would be inaugurated in November and that the project was completely finished except for some additional work, such as building an access road.
The new stadium covers an area of 11,530 square metres, is laid with FIFA-approved “astroturf”, has an eight-lane athletics track, and a 15,000 spectator capacity. Construction work began on 21 October 2010 and cost 1.46 billion Cape Verdean escudos (12.6 million euros).
The ambassador also said that “everything is in place for refurbishment work to begin on the Presidential Palace,” and that Cape Verdean President, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, would temporarily move to the Imprensa Nacional building, which is currently being decorated.
Refurbishment of the building, which was originally built in the 19th century as a residence for the governors of the former Portuguese colony, was signed-off by former Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires a few days before he stepped down, in September 2011.
Diplomatic relations between Cape Verde and China began on April 25, 1976, and since then Cape Verde has had economic and technical cooperation from China in several areas and Beijing has funded several projects on the archipelago, such as the National Assembly, the Governmental Palace, the National Auditorium and the Amílcar Cabral Memorial. (macauhub)