The Bolloré group plans to resume talks with the current government of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) for the management of the archipelago’s main ports on a sub-concession basis, Peter Vidicas, of Bolloré Logistics, told Cape Verdean radio station Morabeza.
“Bolloré has always focused on French-speaking countries, we are now focusing on the Portuguese-speaking ones and Cabo Verde is part of our future strategy,” Vidicas said on the sidelines of the Cabo Verde International Fair recently held in Praia.
The French group is the only one that has not given up on the international tender launched by the previous government of Cabo Verde, led by José Maria Neves, to hand over the ports of Praia, Porto Grande (São Vicente), Sal-Rei ( Boavista) and Palmeira (Sal) on a sub-concession basis.
In February, about a month before the general election, the contract was about to be signed, but ended up being suspended after an article was published in newspaper Expresso das Ilhas that revealed potential losses to the country, the main concern being that port exploration would be handed over to a single operator, thus creating a monopoly.
The tender was never cancelled and recently Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva spoke about a number of projects that would go ahead as public-private partnerships, including ports, airports, energy and water.
In Africa the Bolloré group operates container terminals in the Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Benin, Congo, Guinea, Senegal, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Libya and is running the same business in Comoros, Ghana, Gabon , Benin, Nigeria and Togo.
It also operates in the ports of Lome (Togo), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Ngaoundere and Belabo (Cameroon), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Kigali (Rwanda), Kampala (Uganda), Kisumu and Mombasa (Kenya ) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). (macauhub)