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Businessman David Chow is no longer Cabo Verde’s honorary consul in Macao

Cabo Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares will come to Macao to follow up on matter but no date has been announced yet.

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Cabo Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares will come to Macao to follow up on matter but no date has been announced yet.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:32 am

Local businessman David Chow has abandoned his post as Cabo Verde’s honorary consul in Macao, a position he held since 2001, newspaper A Nação has reported. 

Chow’s resignation was made via a letter sent to Cabo Verde’s government, sent on 18 January, which also implied the honorary consulate’s closure in Macao. 

According to the Cabo Verde newspaper, quoted by Macao-based Portuguese-language newspaper Hoje Macau, the letter sent by the former Macao lawmaker shows “a certain displeasure” towards the Cabo Verde government for “neglecting” Chow’s investment in the country. 

Another investor, from Cabo Verde, is now reported to have the intention to build a tourist development in the Gamboa area – where Chow invested – with an investment of US$250 million. 

A Nação pointed out that the investment by Chow’s company, Macau Legend Development, in Cabo Verde, is getting closer to becoming a “white elephant” as the hotel – which includes a casino and a marina – should have been completed within three years. Seven years passed, however, and “all that was built was a huge building and the bridge that connects Gamboa to the Ilhéu de Santa Maria”.

The Cabo Verde newspaper added that Chow’s decision to abandon his post “has had a great impact on the government” of Cabo Verde, who is said to have hastily scheduled a trip to Macao to assess the consequences of Chow’s decision. 

According to Hoje Macau, Cabo Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rui Alberto de Figueiredo Soares will travel to Macao “to try to minimise any damage” that could be caused by the honorary consulate’s closure but no date for the trip has been announced yet. 

This is not the first time that Chow and the Cabo Verdean authorities have had problems. Previously, the local businessman made an attempt to open a bank in Cabo Verde called Banco Atlântico, but the nation’s central bank rejected the project, considering that Chow lacked “banking suitability”.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:32 am

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