Cabo Verde delegation to Forum Macau conference looks for business partnerships

7 October 2016

The Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) delegation to the 5th Ministerial Conference of Forum Macau will focus on establishing business partnerships, moving forward with some projects that already have agreements in principle with China, said the Minister of Economy.

“We will seek to move on from the cooperative relationship that has been very important and is well established towards a partnership relationship,” said Minister José Gonçalves, a member of the Cape Verdean delegation to the conference.

The minister said that this is an approach not only for China but also other countries in view of the fact that Cabo Verde is now a middle-income country, “so it is expected to have more partnerships rather than the classic cooperation (model).”

Led by Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva, the delegation to the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese Speaking Countries included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Luís Filipe Tavares, Internal Affairs, Paulo Rocha and the Economy, José Gonçalves, and entrepreneurs.

One of the projects that Cabo Verde intends to boost during the conference is the “Safe City” programme, a partnership developed with communications company Huawei, which aims to equip the city of Praia, São Vicente, Sal and Boavista with telecommunications and video surveillance systems to increase security.

Gonçalves said the memorandum of understanding on the programme was signed in September, during a visit to China, and that the Minister of Internal Affairs, Paulo Rocha will now start scheduling, “activities in this area to reach a financing agreement.”

The “Safe City” programme, whose estimated investment was not given, is particularly focused on tourism, with the Minister of Economy noting it is very important that tourists in Cabo Verde arrive there expecting it to be a safe destination.

Cabo Verde will also seek to boost projects in the field of customs, fisheries and credit to small and medium-sized enterprises, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The delegation of 12 Cape Verdean entrepreneurs who are part of the mission will focus its activities on establishing partnerships with similar companies from China and the other countries of the Portuguese-speaking world present at the forum.  (macauhub)