According to Cape Verdean Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Tolentino, this is extraordinary news for Cape Verde, and serves as recognition for all of the serious work carried out by the country in the domain of maritime defense and security.
“This recognition that has just been made by the United States, which has included Cape Verde in the group of anchor states, also opens up perspectives for more committed work in order to better capacitate Cape Verde in the fight against organized transnational crime, and especially drug trafficking,” the cabinet minister told Voice of America.
The United States has been one of Cape Verde’s main partners in development, and now, with the archipelago’s entry into the group of anchor states, new horizons have opened up in the realm of bilateral cooperation.
The US government has also announced that it will donate two million US dollars to Cape Verde for projects aimed at combatting money laundering and drug trafficking. Bilateral cooperation projects in the area of maritime transportation are also under consideration. In addition, Cape Verde has already benefited from two financial packages from the US government as a part of the Millennium Challenge Account program.