II. Cooperation with the main partner countries

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde - Construction of the ERMI renewable energy vocational training centre

Cabo Verde

Population 504 000
Surface area 4033 km2
GNP per inhabitant (PPP in $) 6 365
Classification in HDI 123/187

From 3 to 4 March, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel made an official visit to Cabo Verde at the invitation of his counterpart, Jose Maria Neves. It was his first visit outside the European Union as Prime Minister. Several high-level meetings took place, with the President of the Republic, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, the President of the national assembly and the mayor of Praia. Prior to the Prime Minister’s visit, the Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Romain Schneider, co-chaired the 14th Luxembourg-Cabo Verde partnership committee, which took place on 3 March in Praia.

In autumn 2014, the Cabo Verde and Luxembourg governments began the identification work for the Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP) 2016-2020 (the first so-called “fourth generation” ICP among all the partner countries). Granted an additional 45 million euros, the ICP 2016-2020 will be implemented through bilateral cooperation between the two governments, the implementing agency Lux-Dev, multilateral partners including UNDP, ILO and ECREEE of the ECOWAS and the intergovernmental agency IRENA (the last two in the development of renewable energy).

Cabo Verde and Luxembourg also strengthened their economic ties in 2014: an economic delegation from Luxembourg, made up of representatives from the Ministry of the Economy, the Chamber of Commerce, the agency Luxinnovation and private enterprises visited Cabo Verde at the end of November following the visit to Luxembourg of an economic delegation from Cabo Verde.