The reinforcement of the foreign front, the introduction of three new sectors of governing, the appearance of two new state secretaries, the maintenance of the number of women in the cabinet and the exit of six ministers are among the main highlights of Prime Minister José Maria Neves’ new government (A Semana). The complete list is as follows:
Prime Minister and Minister of StateReform – José Maria Neves;
Adjunct Minister and Minister of Health – Cristina Fontes;
Minister of Finances and Planning -Cristina Duarte;
Minister of National Defense and Cabinet Spokesman – Jorge Tolentino;
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Jorge Borges;
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs – Rui Semedo;
Minister of Internal Administration – Marisa Morais (independent);
Minister of Justice – José Carlos Lopes Correia (independent);
Minister of Infrastructures and Marine Economy – José Maria Veiga;
Minister of Social Development and Family – Felisberto Vieira;
Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Management – Sara Lopes;
Minister of Youth, Employment, Development of Human Resources – Jandira Hopffer Almada;
Minister of Education and Sports – Fernanda Marques;
Minister of Rural Development – Eva Ortet;
Minister of Higher Learning, Science, Innovation – António Leão Correia e Silva (Independent);
Minister of Tourism, Industry and Energy – Humberto Brito;
Minister of Communities – Fernanda Fernandes (independent);
Minister of Culture – Mário Lúcio Sousa (independent);
State Secretary of Foreign Affairs – José Luís Rocha (independent);
State Secretary of Public Administration -Romeu Modesto;
State Secretary of Marine Resources – Adalberto Vieira.
A deepening of relations in the economic, political and social realms was at the basis of the conversation held between Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves and Portugal’s State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation João Gomes Cravinho, who said that, despite the current political crisis in Portugal, cooperation between the two countries will continue (A Semana).
The German Minister of Transport, Construction and urban Development, Peter Ramsauer, will be in Praia on the 26th and the 27th, for contacts with the Cape Verdean authorities (Inforpress).
A court in northern Russia has jailed six people for the hijacking of the cargo ship Arctic Sea whose mysterious disappearance sparked a global search. The Russian navy said it was eventually found off the Cape Verde islands (BBC).
An intrepid, but ill-starred New Yorker who tried three times to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat has been rescued after spending nearly two weeks adrift in a life raft following a disaster at the very start of his planned 5,000-mile trip. Victor Mooney, of Queens, was plucked from the sea about 250 miles west of the Cape Verdean islands late by the crew of a cargo ship bound for Brazil (Wall Street Journal).
The roll-on/roll-off ramp at Furna sea port adapted especially for the ship Kriola has been concluded. With the new ramp, the hydrofoil unloaded an automobile and other cargo on the island of Brava (A Semana).
A vacation-home building boom helped the Massachusetts resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket top the state’s 14 counties in population growth rates for the past decade. A Capeverdean-American builder sees his business develop with the boom (Bloomberg).
Construction on the Salineiro, Saltinho and Faveta dams, all of which are to be built on the island of Santiago, will begin in early April. The country’s largest island will have six such infrastructures by 2015 (A Semana).