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Chinese-backed housing project in Cabo Verde to support Special Maritime Economic Zone

Residential scheme is part of a raft of aid projects for the African archipelago, which include donations of vaccine and military equipment.

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A new Chinese-backed housing project in Cabo Verde will support the Special Maritime Economic Zone of São Vicente, according to Chinese ambassador Du Xiaocong.

Du added that the São Vicente housing scheme is the fifth project financed by China to be launched since 2021.

The others are the second phase of the Safe City project, the donation of 50,000 doses of Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccines, the donation of military materiel and the university campus construction.

The São Vicente project is part of the bilateral cooperation plan, within the framework of the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation, and “is also the specific measure of the Chinese government to support the construction of the Special Maritime Economic Zone of São Vicente and to improve the lives of the local people,” Du said.

The São Vicente housing project was designed and managed by the China Urban Construction Research Institute and built by Chinese company Zhengtai.

The housing project delivered in January will be followed by the construction of a maternity wing at the Dr Baptisa Sousa Hospital in Mindelo. Other recent projects include the National Stadium and the restoration and expansion of the Presidential Palace of Cape Verde.

According to Du, President Xi Jinping highlighted at the recent 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Senegal that China would work closely with African countries to jointly implement nine programmes: in medicine and health, poverty reduction and agricultural development, trade promotion, investment promotion, digital innovation, green development, capacity building, cultural exchange, and peace and security, CLBrief reported.

“Many of the contents of these nine programmes are highly consistent with the cooperation between China and Cabo Verde, especially in the fields of health, poverty reduction and benefits to farmers, digital innovation, green development, human resource training, cultural exchanges and peace and security,” the diplomat added.

“Relations between the two countries have been deeply integrated into the China-Africa strategic cooperation partnership, and their level of communication and cooperation in international affairs is also constantly improving.”.

 

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