Port operations in Cabo Verde to be privatised and customs services reformed

12 November 2013

Port operations in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) are due to be privatised and customs services will undergo reforms, Cabo Verde’s prime minister said Monday after visiting a work site at the port of Praia, in the hands of a Portuguese consortium.

“All port operations will be privatised and, then, the private sector will be able to find business opportunities,” said José Maria Neves, after noting that investments in ports would involve most islands within the archipelago.

The prime minister, who gave no dates or deadlines for the privatisations, also said that the government would promote reforms to the country’s customs services, which have been criticised by both local and foreign operators to “improve the efficiency and productivity of the services.”

“There are small operations, there are administrative circuits and procedures that we have to eliminate. A working group will be created to analyse quickly the critical points and eliminate them both at customs and at Enapor (public company that manages the ports on the archipelago) so we can work much more quickly,” he said cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The prime minister noted that around 10 billion Cape Verdean escudos (over 90 million euros) had been spent on expanding the port of Praia which complements the much larger port of Dakar (Senegal) in providing shipping services in the mid Atlantic region.(macauhub)