Cape Verde. During the year, Cape Verde formed stronger
ties with Angola, another of the former Portuguese colonies.
In late April, Prime Minister Ulisses visited Correia e
Silva Angola. Both he and Angolan President João Lourenço
expressed a desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation. An
agreement on cooperation in democracy at local level was
signed and Correia e Silva stated that Cape Verde has
experience in conducting local elections since 1991. Earlier
in the year, Cape Verde's ambassador to Angola announced
that the direct flights between the capitals Luanda and
Praia would resume.
Countryaah.com, Cape Verde's close relationship with China was also
confirmed when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited
Praia. The Cape Verde government then expressed its
willingness to support China's huge New Silk Road project
(in English called the Belt and Road Initiative), which aims
to facilitate trade between China and the outside world both
by land and by sea. Prime Minister Correia e Silva expressed
the hope that China will be willing to support large and
important projects in Cape Verde and thus contribute to the
country's economic and social development.
In March, Cape Verde, as one of a total of 44 African
countries, signed an agreement on a new African Continental
Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The agreement must be ratified at
national level before it enters into force.