Representatives of Cabo Verde and China signed last week in the Cabo Verdean capital, Praia, two economic and technical cooperation agreements together worth 100 million yuan (about US$15.5 million), Lusa reports.
One of the agreements is for China to pay for mother-and-baby facilities to be added to the Mindelo Hospital on the Cabo Verdean island of São Vicente, the Portuguese news agency says.
Separately, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued a written statement quoting Cabo Verdean Foreign Minister Rui Figueiredo Soares as saying the agreement is bound up in the development of a maritime special economic zone on and around São Vicente.
Cabo Verde means to be a useful partner to China in its cooperative endeavours in Africa, the statement quotes Mr Figueiredo as saying.
Chinese Ambassador to Cabo Verde Du Xiaocong hopes for stronger Sino-Cabo Verdean ties, 45 years after the two countries first established diplomatic relations, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce says.
(Source) Permanent Secretariat to the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao):