According to the chairman of Ceará Trade Brazil and the Brazil-Angola Chamber of Commerce in Ceará, Roberto Marinho, the mission is aimed at promoting the strengthening of relations between the customs departments of Brazil and Cape Verde in order to make a partnership feasible.
“The objective is for the institutions and entrepreneurs to become familiar with the business dynamic in Cape Verde and the country’s relationships with the West Coast of Africa,” he explains, adding that the mission will also get to know the investment incentives available in the Cape Verde Free Trade Zone, which is similar to the Export Processing Zone that exists in Ceará.
The delegation will be made up of between 15 and 20 people, including members of the board of directors of the Ceará Port Company, the Ceará Foreign Trade Commission, the Ceará Brazil-Portugal and Brazil-Angola chambers of commerce, Sebrae, Abase, Fiec/CIN, industrial unions and various executives.
The program includes visits to the Brazilian Embassy in Praia, the Leeward and Windward Islands Chambers of Commerce, Cabo Verde Investimentos and the Praia and Lazareto Free Trade and Industrial Zones, as well as the modern sea port installations in Praia and Mindelo.
“The main importance of the mission is to obtain an understanding about the great business potential in Africa, which will make it possible to generate cargo and make the creation of a shipping route between Ceará and Cape Verde feasible,” concluded Marinho.