Cabo Verde government extends visa waiver to attract investments

26 January 2018

The Cape Verdean government plans to extend visa waivers to the citizens of the United States of America, Canada and European countries outside the Schengen space, Luís Filipe Tavares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities, said on Thursday in Praia.

“These are important opportunities for the country because we want more investment and more jobs,” added the minister at the end of the 20th Meeting of the Local Follow-up Group of the Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)- European Union (EU) Special Partnership.

On the visa waiver for EU and UK citizens, expected to come into force in January but postponed until May, Tavares said that the new schedule was due to “a set of technical concerns.”

Regarding the meeting held on Thursday, Tavares said that the results were extremely positive and that the analysis focused on the three new pillars of the partnership approved last year: investment, growth and employment, management of the oceans and institutional public administration reforms.

The Special Partnership between Cabo Verde and the European Union, which is the only one of its kind in Africa, was approved in November 2007, institutionalising a regular political dialogue between the parties, which began with public development aid shortly after the country’s independence in 1975.

The Cape Verdean parliament this week approved a bill that grants permanent residence permits to foreign nationals who buy a second home in the archipelago. (macauhub)