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Cape Verde announces new measures to combat economic crisis
Friday, 24 July 2009 23:38   PDFPrint E-mail

The government of Cape Verde has promised to reduce the cost of short deeds by 20 percent and to eliminate fees to help the local companies cope with the current economic crisis.

According to the Cape Verdean Prime Minister, José Maria Neves, the executive also intends to ease the business negotiations related to the real estate.

"At this point, we have about 4.0 billion escudos (about 36.2 million euros) of which we are going to establish partnerships with business and delaying the pay period of the land," he said.

Real estate for tourism sector is the most affected so far by the crisis. The Government is currently negotiating with banks to offer credit to support the industry.

Negotiations are ongoing with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Bank for Investment and Development of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), he said.

Other initiatives planned by the Cape Verdean government in promoting business are mainly the creation of a national system of quality and certification, legislation framework for exports and a series of changes in taxation.

In turn, Prime Minister Neves also met with representatives of business associations, trade unions, local authorities and civil society organisations to establish an agreement on how to cope with the crisis in the country, whose economy is almost totally dependent from outside.

Facilitating access to credit was one of the points discussed during the meeting and the need to find mechanisms to promote the creation and development of small and medium enterprises in Cape Verde.