China-Africa Forum to deepen cooperation between Cabo Verde and China

14 August 2018

The government of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) hopes that the September ministerial conference in Beijing will increasingly intensify cooperation between Cabo Verde and China, especially with the creation of the Special Economic Maritime Zone in São Vicente, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Olavo Correia said on Monday.

The minister, who noted the excellence of China-Cabo Verde cooperation, expressed his conviction that the China-Africa Cooperation Forum summit, designed to “further deepen new models of future cooperation,” “will be another step in confirming the excellence of the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and Cabo Verde.”

At a ceremony to hand over scanners for the customs services of Praia, Sal and Boa Vista, Correia made a point of highlighting the relevant milestones of Chinese cooperation in Cabo Verde in terms of investment, culture, sport, business promotion, and technology, according to the Inforpress news agency.

The equipment offered by China to Cabo Verde includes hand luggage and container scanners, which will be linked to an image control centre at Praia Customs, reducing customs clearance time, but with guarantees an security for the country.

The equipment, built by a Chinese company, is “the most advanced in the world, with the highest automation and computerisation standards and widely used in dozens of countries,” according to the Chinese ambassador, with an estimated cost of 58.85 million yuan or about US$10 million. (macauhub)