A delegation from the ECOWAS Commission led by the President, HE Jean-Claude Kassi Brou visited the Republic of Cabo Verde. The President was accompanied by Mr. Tei Konzi, Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement, Mr. Douka Sediko, Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Mr. Ousseini Salifou, Executive Director of the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA) and Mr. Molokwu Azikiwe, Director of Budget and Treasury.
Upon his arrival in Praia, capital of the Republic of Cabo Verde, the President was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration, H.E Dr. Rui Figueiredo Soares. Subsequently, the ECOWAS delegation held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, HE Dr. Jose Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked the President of the ECOWAS Commission for agreeing to visit the country in the last part of his mandate and congratulated him for his extremely positive record in leading the community, especially during the difficult times of COVID-19. He recognized “the attention given to Cabo Verde during the execution of its mandate and the contribution that ECOWAS has made to the country when it needed increased resources to fight against COVID-19”. He wished the President every success in his future endeavours.
In his response, President Brou stressed that the visit aims to strengthen regional integration and establish cooperation in several economic areas. He promised the Community’s continued support to the Republic, particularly in the fields of renewable energies and maritime projects.
Referring to the energy and maritime sector, he said: “We must be able to find the mechanisms and the means to create infrastructures capable of supporting the question of connection. A very important project is underway, this maritime link between Cabo Verde and Senegal. There is the question of energy, of everything related to renewable energies. We know that the regional renewable energy center is based in Cabo Verde, mainly because we have a performance above the level of political strategies, renewable energies. This is a very important point that we would like to support and follow. In particular through projects to strengthen the high voltage maritime link to facilitate the interconnection already underway in preparation for the other ECOWAS countries”.
The President of the ECOWAS Commission also visited the President of the Republic of Cabo Verde, H. E. Jose Maria Neves, at the University of Cabo Verde, the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Center for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI) as part of his official visit to the country.
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