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Political & Regional News

In Cape Verde on December 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

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POLITICS

Prime Minister José Maria Neves affirmed that Cape Verde is working “very hard” to achieve by 2015 all of the Millennium Development Goals and to be a developed country by 2030.

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DEFENSE & SECURITY

The international press reported that China has made available 5 million USD for the acquisition of a second Cape Verde patrol vessel, to be built in China.

In a move designed to thwart the escalating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the Government of Cape Verde has granted a licence to Cape Verde Maritime Security Services (CVMSS) allowing the company exclusive rights to vet Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) who want to use the island as a base for embarking and disembarking armed security teams. More here.

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SAL

Tour operators in Sal say that hotels are experiencing the biggest number of guests ever, with reservations guaranteed for the entire festive season, extending until after April 2013.

SAO VICENTE

The cornerstone of the tourist and real-estate enterprise Baía de João d’Évora was in a ceremony attended by Minister of Industry, Tourism and Energy Humberto Brito and the president of Cabo Verde Investimentos, José Duarte. The Baía de João d’Évora enterprise will be developed on 8.43 hectares of land ceded by the government to Belgian business group Talboom for a 60-year period, extendable for an additional 30 years. A total of 400 guesthouses will be erected on the lands (A Semana).

This is a very positive development for Sao Vicente and proof that investments are still being made in Cape Verde’s burgeoning and high potential tourism sector.

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Business & Economy News

In Cape Verde on December 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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Cape Verde is listed among the Emerging and Developing Countries. Interestingly, this category also includes many island nations around the world.  Rather than attempt to compare itself to Portugal and other European countries which is completely unrealistic, or African countries which are the least developed and among the poorest nations on Earth, Cape Verde should instead compare its performance on the world stage to island nations around the world, and in particular, pattern itself after successful, independent Caribbean nations Read more in Invest in Cape Verde.

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BUSINESS

The purchase of 40% of Halcyonair Cape Verde Airlines by Isabel Santos of Angola – as reported by the Cape Verde press – was the big news coming out of Cape Verde this week, even though it was denied by a spokesperson on behalf of Mrs dos Santos later. It’s possible the deal has not yet been concluded. Participation in the airline would be Mrs dos Santos second major deal in Cape Verde, after the (confirmed) takeover some months ago of the T+ telecoms company by Unitel, one of the Angolan company’s dominated by Mrs dos Santos. A report in A Nacao furthermore mentioned a possible participation by the Angolan entrepreneur in Cape Verde’s BCN bank, now controlled by the Madeiran-Portuguese Banif bank. Also this report was denied by Mrs dos Santos’s office. If true that would mean Mrs dos Santos is well under way in obtaining a very strategic position in Cape Verde’s economy. What will follow after buying major or controlling stakes in a bank, an airline and a telecoms company? A takeover of one of Cape Verde’s struggling real estate developers? Atlantico Weekly will keep you posted!

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AVIATION

According to reports in the Cape Verde press, Angolan entrepreneur Isabel dos Santos has bought 40% of Halcyonair Cape Verde Airlines. Though a representative of Mrs dos Santos denied the reports, an agreement may still be in the works. A successfull deal will probably lead the company to resume its operations and possibly its expansion with additional planes and routes. If all goes according to plan, it is not unlikely that Halcyonair will start operating flights to Europe, tapping into Cape Verde’s growing tourism sector.

Portugal’s government shelved the sale of state-owned airline TAP after rejecting the sole offer from Brazilian investor German Efromovich’s Synergy Group, Reuters reported.

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Angola Business News

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

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ECONOMY

Angola plans announce the investment policy for its new $5 billion sovereign wealth fund in the first quarter of next year, Reuters reported.

The share of oil in the Angolan Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to be around 39 percent at the end of 2012, as compared to 56 percent in 2002, the chairman of Angolan bank Banco Espírito Santo Angola (BESA) said to the press.

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BUSINESS

Serbian companies are to build a military hospital and rebuild an airport in Luanda, Angola, Serbia’s defense minister said according to Bloomberg.

A consortium of Portuguese construction groups Edifer and Soares da Costa has been awarded the contract to build the infrastructure and seven buildings of the Fútila Industrial Hub in Angola’s Cabinda province, the Portuguese press reported.

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OIL & GAS

Angola will cut exports of Saturno crude in February to one cargo of 950,000 barrels, one less than January, according to a preliminary loading program obtained by Bloomberg News. Angola will also cut exports of Plutonio crude in February while shipments of Palanca grade will be stable at one lot, Bloomberg reported. Total consignments in February will stand at 40.

Sonangol acquired 20% of shares in Puma Energy, Angop reported.

The chairman of Norwegian oil company Statoil, Hulg Lunde said in Luanda that Statoil was very interested in taking part in exploration of the oil found in Angola’s pre-salt layer, Macauhub reported.

The Austrian government may become the official seller of Angolan natural gas in the European Union (EU), under the terms of a partnership due to be set up with the Angola LNG project, Angop reported.

Political & Regional News

In Cape Verde on December 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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INTERNATIONAL

President Jorge Carlos Fonseca accepted the credentials of several new diplomats to Cape Verde, among which the Chinese, Swedish and Dutch (pictured) Ambassadors.

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BOA VISTA

At the inauguration ceremony of a water project on Boa Vista, Prime-Minister Neves  announced the construction of the country’s biggest water reservoir in Rabil, on the same island, a project that will greatly impact the lives of the people on the island as well as its agriculture.

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SAL

The Oasis Atlantico Salinas Sea Hotel will open on the 17th December 2012.

SOS Tartarugas is now looking for new volunteers, check out their website.

SANTO ANTAO

The ship Vicente, owned by the Society of Maritime Transport Tuninha, restarted operations between Sao Vicente and Santo Antao, transporting passengers and cargo, the Cape Verde press reported.

Prime-Minister Neves will visit the island and inaugurate several projects, including the new court of justice in Ponta do Sol, water reservoirs and social housing in Paul.

SANTIAGO

The metallic structure that is to form the backbone of the new Praia Municipal Market has arrived in the capital, which means that construciton of the complex at Lisbon Avenue in downtown Praia can now proceed. Praia City Hall expects the market building to be finished before summer 2013, A Semana reported.

Praia City Hall has also announced measures to be undertaken against the capital’s 20.000 stray dogs and the city’s many loose wandering cows and goats. It intends to build a kennel for the dogs and improve coralling conditions for owners of cows and goats, A Semana reported.

 

Business & Economy News

In Cape Verde on December 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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ECONOMY

Bank of Cape Verde projections point to a reduction in the average annual inflation rate from 4.5% to between 2% and 3% in 2012, A Semana reported. For 2013, the Bank of Cape Verde anticipates some pressure on inflation, motivated by the recovery of domestic demand, the increase in indirect taxation and strong external demand, despite the expected slowdown in overall economic activity.

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AVIATION

Two out of three TACV’s ATR planes now have technical problems, which makes finding seats on oen of the company’s domestic routes increasingly difficult, A Semana reported. Facing the upcoming holiday season, TACV is reported to plan using one of its new Boeing 737s to guarantee domestic connections in Cape Verde.

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TOURISM

A proposed state budget approved by Cape Verde’s parliament includes the introduction of a tourism tax of 220 escudos (2 euros) per night, as of May 2013, the Cape Verde press reported.

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Angola Business News

In Angola on December 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

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INTERNATIONAL

Construction of a 300-kilometre railway branch line linking the Namibian railway system to Angola’s Moçamedes railway line, is due to begin in the first quarter of 2013, ANGOP reported.

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BUSINESS

Portugal’s largest builder Mota-Engil sees its operations in Latin America taking over from Africa, Reuters reports. Mota is already present in Peru and Mexico and plans to grow in other markets including Brazil. Angola managed revenue growth of just 8 percent, but still accounts for a much larger 31 percent share of overall revenue.

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MINING

A consortium made up of Angolan iron company Ferrangol (Empresa Nacional de Ferro de Angola), Lavulo and the Chipindo Company has started prospecting for gold in Huíla province, ANGOP reported

OIL & GAS

Construction was started on the country’s first refinery in Lobito, a project that adds another trump card to the area’s already interesting mix of infrastructure of railroad, port and international airport aAt Catumbela).

The Accenture company, which operates in Angola since 2003, was distinguished for its services in gas and oil sectors, the Angolan press reported. Accenture was recognised for its work in specialised services of management consultancy, information technologies, integration of systems, outsourcing of information technologies and businesses processes for oil and gas firms.

Angola will raise its oil output slightly next year, although it is unlikely to reach a target of 2 million barrels per day (bpd), the country’s oil minister said according to Reuters. Jose de Vasconcelos also said that Angola LNG would start exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the first quarter of 2013, later than expected.

Angola’s PSVM oil project, operated by BP Plc, has started operations, according to Bloomberg. The PSVM project, an abbreviation for the Plutao, Saturno, Venus and Marte fields, is the latest addition to Angola’s growing oil supply. Two cargoes of Saturno crude are scheduled to be exported in January, according to loading programs obtained by Bloomberg.

Politics & Regional News

In Cape Verde on December 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

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POLITICS

Ulisses Correia e Silva, Vice-President of the oppposition Movimento para a Democracia (MPD) and Mayor of Cape Verde’s capital Praia, was quoted by the local press as “leaving open” his candidacy for the presidency of this party, after its present leader, Carlos Veiga, announced he will not stand for re-election for the post. However, Correia e Silva is widely seen as the strongest candidate to lead the MpD in the near future.

INTERNATIONAL

Portugal and Cape Verde signed seven protocols and two agreements, as well as a joint statement, after the Prime Ministers of both countries said they planned to focus two-way cooperation on business and the economy and supporting companies from both Cape Verde and Portugal.

The Federal Republic of Germany has donated three million Euros for the launch of the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo, that will be constructed next year on Sao Vicente, the Cape Verde press reported.

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DEFENSE & SECURITY

The Coast Guard will be served in the near future with a unique vessel to ensure the transport of weapons and ammunition transported in Atlantic waters towards the Gulf of Guinea, the Cape Verde press reported.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT

Cape Verde rose two places, from 41st to 39th place, on Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index.  Cape Verde is the second best-rated country in Africa after Botswana, as well as the second best Portuguese speaking country.

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SANTO ANTAO

The former military barracks of Porto Novo will be recovered and converted into an arts and crafts center, a space where artists can produce and exhibit their art, Mayor Rosa Rocha announced.

SAO VICENTE

The fish and groceries markets on Sao Vicente will be modernized in 2013 with financial help from the European Union, the Cape Verde press reported.

SANTIAGO

One of the results of the visit of Portuguese Prime-minister Passos Coelho ao Cabo Verde was the promise obtained from Praia Mayor Correia e Silva that the country’s first Portuguese school, to be located in Praia, should become a reality in 2013.

Business & Economy News

In Cape Verde on December 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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ECONOMY

Trade between Cape Verde and Portugal declined dramatically in the first eight months of 2012, with Portuguese exports falling over 13% and Cape Verde’s exports over 19%, the Cape Verde press reported.

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FISHERIES

Cape Verde exported more than seven million kilos of fish products in the first six months of 2012, the Cape Verde press reported. These exports grew by 6% as compared with the same period in 2011. The majority of the products went to Spain and El Salvador.

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TOURISM

In the third quarter of 2012 the number of guests in the country increased by 23.6% on a year on year basis. In the same period the overnight stays grew 12.5%. The UK was the leading country of origin of tourists. British tourists were the ones who spent more time in Cape Verde, with an average stay of 9.2 nights. The island of Boa Vista island was the most sought after by tourists, representing approximately 45.3% of the entries in hotel establishments (INE).

The price of entry visas for tourists to Cape Verde will not go up after all, despite the government’s original intention to raise visa fees, the Cape Verde press reported.

Around 500 professional drivers on Santo Antão who have completed the training to obtain a certificate of competence, have begun receiving professional cards, the Cape Verde press reported.

Taxi drivers on the Island of São Vicente however are unhappy with new  regulations and refuse to cooperate on the grounds that professional experience is required as well as supplementary course in order for drivers to be granted the document, A Semana reported. Unrest among taxi drivers also started on Santiago.

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Angola Business News

In Angola on December 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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POLITICS

Angola comes 157th place among the world’s countries in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception index.

The Angolan government in 2013 plans to spend over 120 billion kwanzas (US$1.25 billion) on improving drinking water supply and in the provinces of Huíla, Huambo, Bié, Cuanza Norte, Malanje, Moxico and Lunda Sul, the national director for Water said, cited by Angop.

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Render of the Vista Club Towers, currently under construction in Luanda.

ECONOMY

Trade  between Angola and Spain reached 1.000 million Euros in 2011, a figure that is far below the potential of the two economies, said the Angolan ambassador to Spain, Victor Lima (ANGOP).

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TELECOMS

The launch of Angola’s first telecommunications satellite, which was due to have been put into orbit this year, has been postponed until 2014, the Russian Ambassador in Angola, Sergei Nenachev, said cited by Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

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