Cape Verde

Co-operation relations between Portugal and Cape Verde

General information

Official name: Republic of Cabo Verde

Capital: Praia – Santiago Island

President: Jorge Carlos Fonseca (reelected in 2016)

Prime-Minister: Ulisses Correia da Silva (since 2016)

Independence Day: 5 July 1975

Provinces/Regions: Islands of Barlavento: Boavista, Sal, Santo Antão, São Nicolau, São Vicente; Ilhas do Sotavento: Brava, Fogo, Maio and Santiago.

Offcial Languages: Português, Crioulo.

Religion: Catholic, Protestant.



Geographical Area: 4.033 km2 over 10 islands  

Clima: mild with average temperatures below 25ºC and above 20ºC across the year



Population: 512 096 inhabitants (2013) (BCV)

Average rate of population growth: 1.41% (2013) (CIA)

Life expectancy: 71.28 years (2013) (CIA)

Literacy rate: 17.2% (2013) (BCV)

Human development index: 123rd position (2013) (UNDP)


Economic data

Currency: Escudo Cabo-Verdiano (1€=110.3CVE) (BP)

GDP per Capita: 2.904€ (2013) (BCV)

Inflation rate: 0,1% (2013) (BP)

Unemployment rate: 16.4% (2013) (BCV)

Growth rate: 0.5% (2013) (BCV)

Main exports: fish, crustaceans, beverages, shellfish (2013) (AICEP)

Exports - Portugal: 216 729 mil € (2012) (AICEP)

Imports - Portugal: 9 111 mil € (2012) (AICEP)

Direct Portuguese Investment (gross): 24 125 mil € (2013) (AICEP)

Main investors: Portugal, Netherlands, USA, Spain and Brazil (AICEP)


Other information

Portuguese Embassy in Cidade da Praia

Ambassador: Helena Paiva

Address: Avenida da OUA

Achada de Santo António

Cidade da Praia - CP 160

Tel.: +238 2623032/262 30 33/262 39 25/ 262 60 97

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Attaché/Co-operation contact: Helena Guerreiro

Tel: (+238) 2626128 /262 6126

Fax: (+238) 2623222

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Embassy of the Republic of Cabo Verde in Lisbon

Ambassador: Maria Cristina Rodrigues de Almeida Pereira

Address: Av. do Restelo, 33

1449-025 Lisboa

Tel. (+351) 213041440

Fax (+351) 213041466

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Current situation

Portugal – Cabo Verde ODA

Cape Verde has been the main recipient of Official Development Assistance (ODA) from Portugal. In the period from 2010-2014, the bilateral Portugal-Cabo Verde ODA represented the following values:











Source: Camões, IP (euros)

ODA amounts include the use of concessional credit lines/loans, the majority intended for projects in the areas of construction/restoration of infrastructure.

In terms of sectors, the Portugal-Cabo Verde bilateral ODA opted for the areas of education and health (see table below).

Co-operation programme with Cabo Verde

On the 19th of January 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Portugal and Cape Verde with the objective of starting negotiations for the conclusion of a new Strategic Co-operation Programme (SCP) from 2016-2020.

Memorandum of Understanding - Strategic Co-operation Programme 2016-2020

Indicative Co-operation Programme: Portugal - Cabo Verde 2012-2015

Indicative Co-operation Programme: Portugal - Cabo Verde 2008-2011

Co-operation in Numbers

Official development assistance 2013 – 2017 - Cabo Verde

Since 2010, Cabo Verde has been one of the main ODA beneficiaries, both in net as well as gross amounts, totaling an average of 63,55 M€ of net ODA between 2013 and 2017. The average gross volume is 66 M€.

A significant percentage of these figures refer to the use of concessional lines of credit/loans for building equipment and infrastructure and for investments in the sector of social housing and renewable energies. Significant grant contributions were made to General Budget Support and to sectors of "Education" and "Health". In 2016 and 2017, given the lesser use of concessional lines of credit/loans, as well as result of the repayment of concessional lines of credit/loans in the "Transport" sector by Cape Verde, ODA to this country continued the decline already marked in 2015.

In 2017, in terms of gross ODA, the sector group "Other Social Infrastructures and Services" assumes the highest concentration with 49,5%, followed by "Education" (28,5%) and "Water Supply and Sanitation" (9%).



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