Cabo Verde/China cooperation extends Safe City project to São Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista islands

3 December 2019

The second phase of the “Safe City” project in Cabo Verde will include, in 2020, the islands of São Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista, in addition to reinforcing its presence in Praia, in a government effort to fight crime and promote public safety, the Minister of Internal Affairs said on Monday in the country’s capital.

Funded and implemented by the Government of China, the Safe City project is costing around 505 million escudos in São Vicente, 147 million escudos in Sal (Santa Maria and Espargos) and 100 million escudos in Boa Vista, with Cabo Verde tasked. with the execution of construction works at command centres.

Minister Paulo Rocha, who was speaking during the official launch of the second phase of the project, which took place at the Government Palace, within the framework of cooperation with China, gave assurances that the execution of the project allowed for “considerable gains” in the fight against crime, according to the Inforpress news agency.

The Minister of Home Affairs noted the reduction of incident response time in a “very significant” way, anticipating and preventing multiple occurrences, as well as the clearance of road accident liability as one of the advantages of this project.

Chinese Ambassador to Cabo Verde, Du Xiaocong, noted the excellence of this “first project implemented by his country’s government in West Africa,” arguing that it plays a significant role in improving security in Cabo Verde, particularly in the islands and cities that have benefited from the project.

In addition to security cameras, the project “includes a fundamental component of radio communications, an exclusive TLE network, which has become the first 4G network in the country, allowing the transmission of audio data and images, which ensures permanent and coordinated police communication. (Macauhub)