Cabo Verde and China negotiate air transport agreement

10 November 2017

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and China are negotiating an air transport agreement which should allow China’s Capital Airlines and Cape Verdean airline TACV to fly between the two countries, the minister of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday in Beijing.

Luís Filipe Tavares, who concluded a five-day visit to China, told the Inforpress news agency that the issue was one of the themes of the meeting with his counterpart Wang Yi and which served for the two ministers discuss bilateral cooperation.

The Cape Verdean minister said the negotiations on the air transport agreement should be completed by mid-2018.

Tavares also discussed with the Chinese authorities new prospects for cooperation in the area of defence, land planning, port security and the maritime economy.

“China is a strategic partner of Cabo Verde in the execution of the Special Economic Zone of São Vicente project, which should start in 2018/2019,” said Tavares.

During the visit, Tavares met with the Chinese Minister of Defence to discuss the possibility of renewal, next year, of the defence agreement.

“The new defence agreement between the two countries is expected to be signed in 2018, in Praia,” he said, noting that cooperation in this area includes training of the Cape Verdean military in Chinese academies, as well as provision of uniforms and miscellaneous equipment for the armed forces. (macauhub)