In other political news, A Semana reports that the PAICV’s São Filipe Sector Council will finally renew its directorship. On March 29, delegates elected in the various different community base assemblies will choose between Alindo Brandão, Luís Nunes and Renato Paulo Delgado to decide who will lead the party in one of its main strongholds. Fernandinho Teixeira, the chairman of the party’s Regional Political Commission for Fogo, has advised party members to engage in a “serene vote for the collective good of the party.”
Cape Verde’s new and modern National Identification and Civil Authentication Information System (known by Portuguese-language acronym SNIAC) soon promises to begin issuing the country’s first electronic passports. The National Identity Card and the Foreigner Residency Title are also on their way toward becoming reality. The new civil identification system’s database could also facilitate voter registration and introduce electronic voting in the country.
This week’s special report focuses on the Boa Vista Health Center, the main health sector infrastructure on the island, where practically everything is lacking. Diagnostic instruments, X-Ray machines and electrocardiograms, medical and nursing personnel – indeed, the entire island has just two physicians, Aretha Fortes and Miriam Pinheiro. Of its five nurses, one works at the Health Post in the island’s northern zone, while the remaining four are placed at the Sal Rei health Center – two in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night. The nurses are the professionals who consult patients, make diagnoses, prescribe medication and attend patients in the emergency room, the maternity ward and the pediatrics ward. Minister of Health Cristina Fontes says she has taken measures that will soon lead to significant improvement on the island.
Another special report describes the “mysterious” deaths of nearly a dozen people over the past several years in the regions of Ribeira das Patas, Alto Mira and Ribeira da Cruz, all in the municipality of Porto Novo on the island of Santo Antão. Indeed, the deaths have spooked local residents, who have begun to voice their fears that the deceased may have been aware of sensitive information that some may want to keep unknown. The accusations come nearly a month after yet another “dubious” death in Ribeira das Patas.
This week’s economic supplement opens with the surprise news that fuel distribution company Enacol has come up against a default of 80 million escudos. The company’s new director general, Diogo Barros, now faces the challenge of recovering a debt of some 80 million escudos he inherited from his predecessor, Carlitos Fortes. The loss stems from fuel supplied five months ago to a ship owned by a Danish bunkering firm that has just declared bankruptcy. The courts are one of the possibilities the Cape Verdean company is looking at to obtain the money it is owed.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has agreed to help Cape Verde set up its Sea Cluster. The first steps in this direction were taken with the signing of two protocols between Cape Verde’s Ministry of Infrastructures and the Maritime Economy and Luxembourg’s Maritime Authority in the realms of international ship registration and maritime insurance. The accords mark a turning point in cooperation between the two countries, which now encompasses new economic and business sectors.
In the fishing sector, São Vicente-based fish processing company Frescomar will take over management of the Cova de Inglesa Fishing Complex for a period of 15 years. The contract, which will be renewable for an additional five years and which will be signed in a matter of days, stipulates that the company provide the infrastructure with technical and financial means enabling it to overcome its current operational deficiency.
In other economic news, strawberries have begun to be grown on the island of São Vicente. Amílcar Lopes, the farmer who dared invest in the production of this fruit that has, in recent years, become a mainstay of the agricultural sector on the island of Santiago, is already putting six kilograms of strawberries on the island’s market every day. His 1,500-square-meter plot of land is home to 10,000 strawberry plants. Rich in vitamin B and minerals, the fruits grow without fertilizer or additives and are sweet and meaty – facts that have begun to attract other farmers on the island.
Sports supplement Lance announces Vozinha as the new goalkeeper at Sport Clube Mindelense.