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Cape Verde Politics & Regional News

In Cape Verde on September 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

POLITICS

President of the Republic Jorge Carlos Fonseca visited the United States, where he met with the Capeverdean community and participated for the first time as head of state in the 67th session of the United Nations (AW).

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INTERNATIONAL

The citizens of Singapore are exempt from paying for an entry visa into Cape Verde, under the terms of a deal signed in Singapore by the Prime Ministers of both countries. Explaining the decision, the Cape Verdean Prime Minister said that his country, “is waiting for investors and investments from Singapore, which is a benchmark due to its similarities with Cape Verde and its economic success”, the Cape Verde press reports.

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BOA VISTA

The bridge over the Ribeira d’Água gully on the island of Boa Vista collapsed, A Semana reports, following the heavy rains that have been falling on the island, rains that were followed by flash flooding. With the road that crosses the bridge now cut off, travel between the city of Sal Rei and the Aristides International Airport, Rabil and Estância de Baixo is currently impossible.

BRAVA

The road linking the port town of Furna and the city of Nova Sintra, on the Island of Brava, will soon be asphalted, A Semana reports. The work, which is projected to cost a total of 750 million escudos , is being carried out by a consortium made up of construction companies Monte Adriano and Armando Cunha.

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SANTO ANTAO

A Semana reports that the Paul district court judge has released eight men accused of having perpetrated continuous sexual abuse against a 13-year-old girl, who became pregnant as a result of the abuse, pending trial. The suspects are forbidden from contacting the victim and will have to appear before local authorities once a week.

SAO VICENTE

An unidentified virus has been causing diarrhea, fever and respiratory problems on the Island of São Vicente, A Semana reports. The emergency room at Mindelo’s Baptista de Sousa Hospital is currently attending to some 160 related cases per day.

Cape Verde Business & Economy News

In Cape Verde on September 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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ECONOMY

Cape Verde’s National Statistics Agency INE presented the results of the Labour Force Survey 2011. The national level of unemployment stood at 12,2% last year, which was clearly higher than the level in 2010 which was 10,7%. Lowest figures of unemployment were registered in Mosteiros on Fogo Island (5%) and the highest on Sao Vicente (18,3%). Both the capital Praia and all three municipalities on Santo Antao scored worse in terms of unemployment than the national average (INE).

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AVIATION

Singapore and Cape Verde have signed an Open Skies Agreement.  Under the agreement, the airlines of Singapore and Cape Verde will be able to fly between Singapore and all islands in Cape Verde, via any third country, without restrictions in capacity, frequency or aircraft type (AW).

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OPINION

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Economist Paulino Dias was elected president of AJEC, Associação de Jovens Empresários de Cabo Verde (the young entrepreneurs association), taking over from Rui Levy, founder and outgoing president (AW).

Cape Verde Politics & Regional News

In Cape Verde on September 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

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INTERNATIONAL

Júlio Morais is Cape Verde’s first ambassador to Japan. The diplomat, who is already Cape Verde’s ambassador to China, will now be responsible for relations with Japan as well. Morais presented his letters of credential to Emperor Akihito last week, the Cape Verde press reported.

The next summit between Portugal and Cape Verde will be held before the end of  this year in Mindelo,on São Vicente, on a date yet to be determined, Prime Minister of Cape Verde, José Maria Neves, said in Lisbon (AW).

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SANTO ANTAO

Research conducted by the National Institute for Agricultural Research and Development (INIDA) in order to find “natural enemies” to control the “mil-pés”  pest on Santo Antão has led to result with the identification of some species (AW).

The fourth edition of the cycling Tour of Santo Antao  should take place on October 5-7 with expected participation of cyclists from across the country (AW).

SAO VICENTE

Two employees of a bed and breakfast on the Island of São Vicente accused to involvement in cases of pedophilia, statutory rape and the encouragement of child prostitution have been released pending trial after an initial hearing (A Semana).

The supply of electricity on the Island of São Vicente is back to normal, according to Hipólito Gomes, water and electricity utility Electra’s director of production and distribution in northern Cape Verde. The supply of water, however, is only expected to return to normal in October (A Semana).

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In Cape Verde on September 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the pool at the soon to be built Llana Beach Hotel in Santa Maria, Sal Island.

ECONOMY

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde, Jose Maria Pereira Neves will make an official visit to Singapore from September 21 to 24. In conjunction with the visit, Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew and Minister of Infrastructure and Maritime Economy of Cape Verde Sara Maria Duarte Lopes will ink an air services agreement that allows unlimited passenger and cargo services between and beyond the two countries. To lay the framework for increasing business linkages, the Investment Promotion Agency of Cape Verde will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Business Federation (Channel News Asia).

Cape Verde is the main highlight this week on the African Development Bank (ADB) web site, which distinguishes the country as a success story in Africa. The praise comes just days after the bank’s president, Donald Kaberuka, visited the country, promising to take the Cape Verdean example to the other countries supported by the ADB (A Semana).

Cape Verde’s National Statistics Agency reported that in August 2012, the annual inflation rate was 2.2 %, up 0.3 % from the figure recorded in the previous month. Interestingly, there is a wide regional variation within this figure. Santiago for instance recoreded a 0.1% increase, while prices on Santo Antao remained the same and those on Sao Vicente went down 0.9% last month (AW).

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TOURISM

The Resort Group are now preparing to break ground at Llana Beach Hotel as sales exceed the 75% mark, just 12 months after its launch.  The Ground Breaking Ceremony will take place Friday September 28th on site in Sal. It will mark the official start of construction, which will begin with the initial preparation and ground work stages, prior to an increased level of activity starting early next year. This puts the project firmly on schedule. Llana will complete the three Meliá branded hotels on “Ponta Preta” beach, alongside Tortuga and Dunas, making it one of the most prestigious beach fronts in the world (AW).

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TRANSPORT

Cabo Verde Fast Ferry reports that the second vessel, Liberdadi, is expected to arrive in about 3 months. Liberdadi will provide connections between several of the country’s northern islands (AW).

Atlantico Weekly’s Angola Business News

In Angola on September 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

POLITICS

Angola’s top court rejected appeals by the main opposition UNITA and two smaller parties over alleged irregularities in an election won comfortably by the MPLA party of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos last month (Reuters).

Angola’s Catholic Church said it wants increased autonomy for the province of Cabinda to counter growing calls for independence in the area that accounts for more than a quarter of oil output in Africa’s second-largest producer (Bloomberg).

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ECONOMY

Angola is this year expected to post economic growth close to the level seen in the post civil war period known as the “mini golden age,” despite an uncertain outlook, said the Centre for Scientific Studies and Research (CEIC), of Angola’s Catholic University (Macauhub).

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BUSINESS

The Magnata Coffee Bar, the first entirely Angolan franchise project, involving investment of US$43 million, plans to attract economic agents currently operating in the informal sector, said the chairman of the Magnata group (Macauhub).

AVIATION

Taag re-launched its flights to Beijing, China, after a stoppage period of five months for operational reasons, Angolan press reported. The weekly flight, which leaves Luanda on a Monday and returns the next day, will be run by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft (AW).

BANKING & FINANCE

Cairo-based Ridge Islamic Capital said on Wednesday it has $100 million to raise its capital and invest in funds over the next two years to tap a growing market for Islamic finance. The parent company for the Ridge group of companies, Ridge Solutions Group, is based in Angola (Reuters).

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OIL & GAS

Angolan crude oil differentials ticked higher on October buying and as traders bet that outstanding Asian buy tenders would sap up November supplies (Reuters).

Cape Verde Politics & Regional News

In Cape Verde on September 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

GOVERNMENT

The Cape Verdean government plans to merge and close several public bodies in order to reduce operating expenses for the State and improve the country’s competitiveness, Cape Verde’s Prime Minister said (Macauhub).

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CULTURE

Film director Guenny Pires is in Cape Verde to present the autorities a plan by his company Txan Film Production for the opening of a film school in the archipelago in the near future, the Cape Verde press reported (AW).

DIASPORA

Discovered eight years ago by a “scout” while she was walking through the streets of Milan with her aunt, 23-year-old model Romina Mosso Gomes is the only Cape Verdean currently modeling for international brands such as Bulgari, Bennetton and Moschino on the catwalks of Italy, where she lives with her mother. With her childhood dream come true, the Boa Vista native hopes to use her profession to earn money to return to her homeland and set up a fashion business in Cape Verde (A Semana).

Thomas D. Lopes, 70, former state representative and publisher of the Cape Verdean News, has died at his home, his family confirmed (South Coast Today)

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FOGO

Municipal authorities in Santa Catarina do Fogo plan to begin construction work on access roads to the ports of Alcatraz and Fajã before the end of the year. The objective, according to Santa Catarina do Fogo mayor Aqueleu Amado, is to improve conditions for the capture and processing of fish in the zones and to transform this section of the island’s coastline into a tourist zone (A Semana).

SAL

The four lane Avenida dos Hoteis in Santa Maria was inaugurated by Prime-minister Neves, the Cape Verde press reported. The ultramodern Avenida gives access to both seaside hotels and resorts as well as inland projects (AW).

The future Hilton resort for Sal will boast a presidential suite that will set new standards of luxury in the archipelago. Construction is to start still this year (AW).

SANTO ANTAO

Prime Minister José Maria Neves also unveiled the first phase in the expansion of the Porto Novo sea port on the island of Santo Antão, which has been renovated and now boasts Cape Verde’s most modern passenger terminal (A Semana).

SANTIAGO

The Mayor of Praia, Ulisses da Silva inaugurated the new Municipal Assembly building in the capital (AW).

Cape Verde Business & Economy News

In Cape Verde on September 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the future International Airport of Maio Island.

ECONOMY

Cape Verde needs 1 billion euros in order to consolidate its development in the mid to long term, the country’s Prime Minister, José Maria Neves said following a meeting with the chairman of the African Development Bank (ADB), Donald Kaberuka (Macauhub).

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AGRI ETC.

A study by ADEI and MDR, revealed that the high mountains of Ribeira Grande and Paul on Santo Antao are hiding a high quality coffee species. This coffee is more tasty that the coffee produced on Fogo Island, but it has not yet found its way to the commercial circuit, A Semana reports (AW).

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FISHERIES

Fish processing plant Frescomar has calculated the losses it sustained as a result of the two-day forced shutdown of its activities, due to the power outages that have affected the Island of São Vicente over the past week, at approximately 5 million escudos (A Semana).

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LOGISTICS

The beginning of a shipping and commercial route between Cape Verde and the Brazilian state of Ceará is scheduled to take place in the last week of October or the first week of November, at the latest. The guarantee comes from Roberto Marinho, the executive secretary of the Ceará Chamber of Foreign Commerce, in whose words the inauguration of this shipping line will pave the way for the intensification of trade between the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean (A Semana).

The new port of Porto Novo, work on which began in 2010, has three docks, the first of which, for long haul ships, is 136 metres long and has a roll on/roll off ramp. The second dock, which is 118 metres long, is multifunctional and also has a roll on/roll off ramp and the third dock is 46 metres long and is designed to support fishing (Macauhub).

Atlantico Weekly’s Angola Business News

In Angola on September 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

POLITICS

The MPLA’s tally was 10 percentage points lower than in the last election four years ago, but still dwarfed nearest challenger and former civil war foe UNITA, whose nearly 19 percent almost doubled its 2008 tally. Newcomer coalition CASA-CE, with 6 percent, offered the glimmer of an alternative. The past year saw sporadic protests by youthful dissidents and disgruntled war veterans. As pressure for change wells up from within Angolan society, there are questions about how long the MPLA, the self-styled “party of the people” maintain its grip without making reforms (Reuters).

Angola’s election watchdog rejected opposition complaints that a vote won last month by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ ruling MPLA party was unfair and broke electoral law (Reuters).

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INTERNATIONAL

Angola’s trade with South Africa rose 14 percent through July to about $228 million a month, mainly on oil shipments to Africa’s biggest economy, a business group that promotes commerce between the two countries said (Bloomberg).

But shifting the piles of historical baggage from the corridors of business and politics is taking longer than expected. “So, what did you do in the war?” is not a typical question at a first meeting between potential business partners. But the interrogation, spoken or not, can still hover in the atmosphere when suited Angolans and South Africans are sounding each other out about a deal (Business Day).

Angola’s balance of trade with the United States of America provided a surplus of US$5.213 billion in the first half of the year, mainly due to oil sales, according to figures from the US Department of Trade (Macauhub).

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ECONOMY

Angola is on track to reach its target of slowing consumer inflation to 10% from 11.38% in 2011 thanks to monetary policy focused on price stability (Mail & Guardian).

AVIATION

The Luanda-Porto route of Angolan airline Taag posted year-on-year growth of 43 percent in July, in which it carried 4,275 passengers to the northern Portuguese city (Macauhub).

OIL & GAS

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries boosted crude production last month as Angola, Nigeria and Libya pumped more, the group said (Bloomberg).

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POWER

Angola, Africa’s second-largest oil producer, reduced electricity generation at the Capanda Dam that helps power the capital as a drought cut Kwanza River water levels (Bloomberg).

Cape Verde Politics & Regional News

In Cape Verde on September 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

PRESIDENCY

President Jorge Carlos Fonseca met up with Geraldo Alckmin, Governor of the state of Sao Paulo, the economic and political powerhouse of Brazil. The President participated in a scientific seminar on crime in the Brazilian city (AW).

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INTERNATIONAL

Cape Verde will participate in the Ministerial Conference on Cooperation between Africa and South Korea, which is to be held in October in South Korea, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, José Luis Rocha, announced (AW).

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WILDLIFE

Four new species of bees have been discovered on Cape Verde. More dicoveries are to be expected. Read all about it here.

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SAL

Santa Maria is to get a secondary school this school year, the Cape Verde press reported. For the next two years pupils will be taught in a temporary building, while a complex that is to house a branch of Sal’s Liceu based in Espargos will be under construction (AW).

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SANTO ANTAO

Similarly to what has been verified in the past several days on most of the islands in Cape Verde, Santo Antão is being moistened by the second bout of rainfall this year, with precipitation that began to fall on September 3. Some of the mountains and valleys on the island are already clearly being “washed” by the waters (A Semana).

Cape Verde Business & Economy News

In Cape Verde on September 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

ECONOMY

Cape Verde ended up at 122nd place in the 2012-23 Global Competitiveness Report, 3 places down from last year. You can download the entire report (Pdf).

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BANKING

Grupo Banif, majority shareholder of BCN (Banco Caboverdiano de Negocios), entered the PSI20 index at the Euronext Lisbon stock exchange. In 2007 Banif (Banco Internacional de Funchal) acquired its position in BCN, allowing BCN to extend its presence to all islands of Cape Verde (AW).

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TELECOMS

CVMóvel, the mobile branch in the CVTelecom group, announced the fact that all of Cape Verde’s islands are now covered by 3G services, after making access available on the island of São Nicolau (AW).

TOURISM

According to data compiled by the National Institute of Statistics, Cape Verde’s hotels welcomed 110,281 guests in the second quarter of 2012, 2.2% more than in the same period last year. Overnight stays reached 694,192 in the same period, an increase of 19.7% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2011. The UK was the leading country of origin of the tourists. British tourists were the ones who spent most time in Cape Verde, with an average stay of 9.5 nights. The island of Boavista Island was the most sought after by tourists, representing approximately 36.7% of the entries in hotel establishments (AW).

Based in the Cape Verde islands, off the coast of West Africa, Capt. Zak Conde has enjoyed what may very well be a record-breaking year. He concluded his fishing season in Cape Verde just a few marlin releases shy of hitting the 300 mark. It was by far one of the best blue marlin bites in the history of the sport (BD).

Atlantico Weekly’s Angola Business News

In Angola on September 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the Hotel Peninsula, to be built in the city of Lobito (Skyscrapercity).

ELECTIONS

Angola’s long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), have enjoyed another thumping victory at the polls. Although not quite the 82% landslide of 2008, with 97% of ballots counted so far, they have scored more than 70% and will retain an absolute parliamentary majority in parliament and be able pass any law they wish (BBC).

African Union observers have given national elections in Angola a clean bill of health, despite opposition claims of fraud and illegality. The AU team said the poll had been “free, fair, transparent and credible” (BBC).

Angola’s electoral commission says 40% of voters abstained — a shocking rate for Africa that some blamed on cynicism over the ruling party’s expected victory after 33 years in power and others on faulty electoral rolls that included people who died a long time ago. Eighty-seven percent of voters participated in 2008 elections (News24).

Angola’s battle-hardened alliance of the ruling MPLA party and the oil industry emerged from an electoral challenge looking as formidable as before. Yet, a widely, if timidly, expressed view in business circles shows that the “lobby” of party and presidential business interests, linked to favoured corporate and energy investors — particularly in Portugal, China, Brazil and France — is crowding out badly needed new investors (Business Day).

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