The Praia mayor defended Macanese investor David Chow, arguing that “a negativistic framework should not be created” at the risk of scaring away potential investors. “There is no intention of creating any phenomenon of sex- or drug-based tourism that could lead to situations of crime for the country. This is a perception that’s been created by these people engaged in this movement. We shouldn’t create contexts that scare away investors from the country,” affirmed the mayor, adding that the group of protestors is not even familiar with the project.
The Praia mayor made a point of clarifying that his position in favor of the construction of the enterprise is a result of the gains the project can bring to the capital city and the country. “We always are in favor of investments that bring opportunities to create wealth to Cabo Verde. You can’t just take positions that are neither confirmed nor identified at the outset,” he stressed, saying that the protest movement has no reason for existing.
Budgeted at more than 19 billion escudos, the equivalent of 15% of Cape Verde’s gross domestic product, the enterprise will occupy Santa Maria islet and Gamboa beach in the capital city. The plans also call for the construction of an artificial island between the islet and the beach, on which the casino will be erected. The islet will also feature other infrastructures such as stores, a cultural center, a convention center and a Catholic church, as well as a marina, tennis courts, offices, parking and apartments.