Modernisation of Praia’s port will improve competitiveness of Cabo Verde’s economy

12 March 2014

Work to modernise and expand the port of Praia has created conditions for the economy of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) to gain competitiveness and enables the development of other economic sectors, the head of Portos de Cabo Verde (Enapor) said on Tuesday.

During the ceremony inaugurating the project’s second phase, Prime Minister José Maria Neves explained that the port should project and develop Cabo Verdean maritime transport throughout West Africa. He added that his government was working with Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, “a country I’ll visit in the next several days, with the Abidjan/Dakar/Praia maritime link specifically on the agenda.”

Work to renovate and expand the port of the island country’s capital city cost 13.2 billion escudos, borne by Cabo Verde (8.9 billion escudos) and Portugal (4.3 billion escudos).

Among other aspects, this second phase covered reconstruction of the existing quay, construction of a protector for the container lot and a 234-metre long breakwater, and lengthening quay number one by about 450 metres so it can handle three cruise ships at the same time.

Work in the first phase focused mainly on quay number two and was financed by the United States support programme Millennium Challenge Account – Cabo Verde. (macauhub)