Cabo Verde 2018
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.
According to Countryaah.com, Praia is the capital city of Cape Verde, a country located in Western Africa. 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.