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Pedro Pires takes Cape Verde’s success to Madrid
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 17:26   PDFPrint E-mail

The case of Cape Verde’s success within the context of sub-Saharan Africa will be highlighted Monday, July 19, by President Pedro Pires in Spanish capital Madrid, where he is the guest of honor at an international conference on development policies on the African continent. In Madrid, from where he will continue on to Angolan capital Luanda, Pedro Pires will meet with King Juan Carlos and with the head of the Spanish government, José Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero.

Pedro Pires will attend the closing of the conference “The Role of Progressive Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa,” at which other African heads of state and government will also be present, including Mozambique’s Armando Guebuza.

Pedro Pires left Sunday for Madrid on invitation from the Ideals for Progress Foundation, which is organizing the conference in which the presidents of Burkina Faso, Blaise Campaoré, Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, and Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, as well as Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, will also participate.

Themes such as prosperity, sustainability and regional integration, as well as “migrations, opportunities and inclusion” will be debated during the conference, which will also feature the participation of leaders from various other non-African countries.

Cape Verde has been internationally recognized for the development policies it has elaborated, as well as its good governance, transparency in administration, respect for human rights and democracy, all of which have allowed the archipelago to increase its per capita income and graduate from the list of the world’s least developed countries.

While in the Spanish capital, Pedro Pires will also be received by King Juan Carlos and by the head of the Spanish government, José Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero.

Spain, alongside Portugal, is one of Cape Verde’s main trade partners, and has signed a series of different accords with the country in various different domains, particularly in the military, commercial and business sectors.

In Luanda, Pedro Pires will participate in the 7th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), slated for July 23.