Shipping route opens up between Cabo Verde and Senegal

10 September 2015

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will finance the direct sea link between Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and Senegal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cabo Verde, Jorge Tolentino said recently.

The minister, who was speaking in the archipelago’s capital, Praia after inducting four new ambassadors and the first consul general of Cabo Verde in Portugal and to take stock of his recent visit to Senegal, said direct shipping links were “a project that we have come to cherish and which has now been accepted and taken on by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.

During his stay in Senegal, Tolentino met with the country’s prime minister, Mohammed Dionne, who is due to visit Cabo Verde in January next to chair the meeting of the Joint Committee between the two countries, along with his Cape Verdean counterpart, José Maria Neves.

The Cape Verdean minister said the two delegations would continue to work on the process in order to have concrete results in terms of direct shipping links next January, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The Cape Verdean authorities have systematically requested special treatment from all ECOWAS institutions to help tackle the underlying vulnerabilities of the country’s insularity and for it to become fully integrated in the ECOWAS region. (macauhub/CV)