Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Mr. Jose Silva has pledged better cooperation and an increase in trade volumes between Nigeria and his country in the coming years.
Mr. Silva spoke in Abuja on Saturday at the official opening of the first ever Cape Verdean Embassy in Nigeria.
Cape Verde is the only Island country in West Africa.
The Prime Minister, who spoke through an interpreter, said that both countries stood to gain from each other with the cooperation that was being established
He said, The opening of this embassy means to strengthen the relationship between Cape Verde and Nigeria both politically and culturally.
Also, we will strengthen our relationship with Cape Verde as well as its integration within the ECOWAS region.
We are going to lure more private investments to Cape Verde; we want to bring more tourists from Nigeria. We already have many travellers from Nigeria to Cape Verde.
We already have some investments there from other African countries like the Floating Hub which is an investment by a Malian.
We believe that politically and culturally we have a lot to offer, even as a tourist destination, he said.
He noted that the current trade volume between both countries was low, but expressed optimism that going forward, the volume will be on the increase.
The trade volume between Nigeria and Cape Verde is pretty much weak for now, but, when it comes to trade, it is important to increase or improve the maritime and airline connections to increase the figures.
Also, when it comes to free trade zones, it would play an important role if you invest in the connection between the region and Cape Verde in order to raise the figure,” he added.
Earlier in his remarks at the event, Mr. Silva said that his country, being the only Island country in West Africa, sought to be well known within the sub region.
We seek greater integration of markets, trade, connectivity, private investments and tourism. Cape Verde wishes to position itself as an air and digital hub in Africa and integrate regional value chains in trade and industry, he said.
The Prime Minister had on Friday visited the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Headquarters as part of his country’s push for better collaboration in the region.
Mr. Silva, who said his coming to Nigeria was purely for the commissioning of the embassy and also to interact with (ECOWAS), said he would be pushing for more synergy with the regional body so as to improve trade and bilateral relations.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cape Verde, Rui Soares.