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Cape Verde: A Development Success Story. Africa’s Response to its Development Challenges Organized by Syracuse University May 18, 2006. By Ambassador José Brito. OUTLINE. Overview: Location & Demography Capeverdean Diaspora Key Challenges Process of Democratization

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Cape Verde: A Development Success Story

  • Africa’s Response to its Development Challenges

  • Organized by Syracuse University

    May 18, 2006

By Ambassador José Brito


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OUTLINE

  • Overview: Location & Demography

  • Capeverdean Diaspora

  • Key Challenges

  • Process of Democratization

  • Building the Sustainability of the Economy

  • Conclusions


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Overview:Location & Demography

Cape Verde

  • Archipelago – 10 Islands, uninhabited when discovered by Portugal in 1460 a.d.

  • Land Area – 1,557 sq.m

  • Population: 435,000

  • Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 8% Christian Protestant, 2% others

  • Language – Portuguese & Local Creole

  • Growth 27% in 10 years

  • Main Towns: Praia, Mindelo

  • Time – GMT + 1hr.


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Capeverdeans in the World

Estimate from Instituto das Comunidades


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Key Challenges


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Geographic discontinuity


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Small internal market


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Low rainfall and difficult climatic conditions


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Limited resources


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Inadequate infrastructures


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High level of unemployment


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Deepening poverty


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However, Cabo Verde is today an African success story


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The Process of Democratization

  • Democratic Share Values

  • Democratic Institutions


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Democratic Share Values


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The Capeverdean Exception in Africa

CAPE VERDE,

A NATION

BEFORE A STATE


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Democratic Institutions

  • Political System

  • Legislative System

  • Electoral System

  • Court and Law Enforcement Systems

  • Local Institutions

  • Public Administration

  • Civil Society Organizations

  • Press


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The Building of Democratic Institutions

  • Facing the Vulnerability and Building a Viable State

  • Managing the Political Transition

  • Consolidating the Economy and the Institutions


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Where do we go from here?


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Where do we go from here?

Significant change and rapid transformation based on exploiting & building our competitive advantage

Sustained AID & remittances;

continued economic growth

but no transformation

Development AID

Emigrants

Remittances

Business as usual precipitating

social and economic decline


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Building competitive advantages

Gateway to/from Africa

Hub passenger and Cargo

Transhipment

Location

Marine Resources

Exclusive Economic Zone

Fishing Regional Center

Sea

Sun, Sea, Mountains

Malaria Free

Renewable Energies

Climate

Free Open Economy + Good Governance and Maturing Stable Economy + Highly Literate Society

Stability/ Peace

Corruption Free

Sound Management

Market Access

ECOWAS/PALOP/ CPLP

Europe/Americas/Global Nation

Diversify & Rich Culture

Universal primary education

Fast learners

Good

Governance

Network

strategic Partners

Human

Resources


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REASONS TO VISIT CAPE VERDE

CABO VERDE IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY


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REASONS TO VISIT CAPE VERDE


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REASONS TO VISIT CAPE VERDE


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Conclusions

  • Poverty is not a fate

  • A self-sustaining high growth economy is possible in a resource less country

  • Good governance is a strategic resource


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THANK YOUOBRIGADO


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