Cape Verdean Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia Silva and António Costa will chair the 5th Portugal-Cape Verde Summit next Saturday in which 12 bilateral agreements will be signed.
According to a statement issued by the Cape Verdean government, the agreements to be signed between the two heads of government "consolidate and promote greater effectiveness of results of this bilateral cooperation" between the two countries.
At the summit, the two countries will sign 12 instruments, including a project to strengthen national capacities in the field of curricular development for secondary education and a computerization project for the Criminal Register.
Elements of both governments will also sign a protocol for technical cooperation among the Ministries of Finance aimed at developing programs and projects for the qualification of the Cape Verde Public Administration.
In the area of justice and security forces, an instrument of technical-police cooperation from Portugal for Cape Verde, to be held this year, and a cooperation program in the field of justice, which is expected to be carried out this year, will also be signed.
Other relevant issues will include the Cape Verde-European Union partnership, Europe-Africa relations, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), currently chaired by Cape Verde and maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
On Friday, on the fringes of the meeting, the Cape Verdean prime minister will be welcomed by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, and the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
After the last high-level meeting between the two countries, which took place in Praia in 2017, the two Governments "reconvene with important bilateral instruments on the table in sectors such as Finance, Defense, Economy, Security and Justice, Education and Health, among others, aiming at strengthening the strategic partnership between Cape Verde and Portugal, based on a comprehensive and diversified cooperation at all levels, and embodied in the 2017-2021 Strategic Cooperation Program as a guiding document of cooperation between both " , reads the Cape Verdean executive's note.
Under the motto "Together for Inclusive Development", the summit reflects "the shared vision and common will of the two countries to work for the sustained economic, social and human development of their respective societies."
The two Governments will also review the implementation of the Strategic Cooperation Program signed in 2017, with a financial package in the order of 120 million Euros.
On the eve of the summit, António Costa and José Ulisses Correia Silva will meet alone at Palácio Foz, in Lisbon.
The Green Cape entourage includes the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Communities, Justice and Labor, Internal Administration, Health and Social Security, Infrastructures, Spatial Planning and Housing and the ambassador of Cape Verde in Portugal, Eurico Monteiro.