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Cabo Verde: PM on two-day visit to Brussels looking to boost relations with EU, NATO

Cabo Verde's prime minister Ulisses Correia e Silva is taking part in the European Union's (EU) Global Gateway forum in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, with strengthening relations on the agenda.

“It is important to underline the special partnership between Cabo Verde and the European Union, which has existed for more than a decade, with prospects for strengthening in strategic areas such as security and defence, the blue economy, digital transformation and energy transition,” the government announced in a statement.

Ulisses Correia e Silva’s agenda includes meetings with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the vice-president and high representative, Josep Borrell, among others.

The Cabo Verdean prime minister will also meet with NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, in what is described as “a propitious occasion to reaffirm Cabo Verde’s commitment to strengthening the rule of law and intensifying political dialogue and cooperation in defence of the international order”.

On the sidelines of his trip to Brussels, Ulisses Correia e Silva is also scheduled to meet with the prime minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel. The EU’s Global Gateway Strategy foresees investments of around €300 billion for development in African and Latin American countries.

“Cabo Verde’s participation highlights renewable energies, the blue economy and digital development as priority areas for the country,” the government said in the same statement.

The government emphasises that, this year, Cabo Verde was selected in the field of renewables with the project to install a storage station for energy produced by renewable sources outside peak hours (when the electricity generated by the wind is not being consumed, for example).

The endeavour was chosen as part of the EU initiative that listed 40 projects from European financial institutions for approval by the Global Gateway board as flagship actions supported by the EU in Africa in 2023.

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