India – Cabo Verde Bilateral Relations
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India Cabo Verde Bilateral brief

Overview

There has been effective periodic co-operation at international fora such as the United Nations and NAM, the content in our bilateral relations level visits, bilateral agreements, project assistance, institutional mechanisms in the form of foreign office consultations, joint commission etc., are yet to be developed for a meaningful cooperation. There is great admiration in Cabo Verde for India’s achievements and its stature at the international level.  There are no perceivable differences / irritants that could impede strengthening of our relations.  The Indian community is small so has been unable to play the role of a bridge and a catalyst to promote relations.  In 2010, Cabo Verde appointed an Indian national as its Honorary Consul General in India.

Bilateral Visits

In 1986 Mr. Eduardo Faleiro, the then Member of Parliament, visited Praia. Mr. Humberto Santos de Brito, Secretary of State of Economy of Cabo Verde visited New Delhi in January 2009 to participate in the India-Africa Business Partnership Summit organized by FICCI.  He also visited India for the 2012 CII India Africa Business Partnership in March 2012. There was no high level representation from Cabo Verde at the India-Africa Summit in April 2008.

However, Mr. José Brito, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities of the Republic of Cabo Verde visited India in November 2009 for bilateral discussions with MOS (ST) to promote economic and trade relations.
Cabo Verde’s culture Minister, Mario Lucio Matias Sous Mendes who attended a conference on Decolonisation, Development and Diaspora: The Afro-Indian Experience, organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and the Goa government from 3-4 June 2012 said that India, with its phenomenal growth, is in the best position to lead and facilitate South-South cooperation. The shared cultural and colonial histories of the "southern" nations should make possible bilateral and multilateral cooperation between South-South nations.
Institutional Mechanisms – Bilateral Agreements

Prime Minister of Cabo Verde Mr. Neves inaugurated the Pan African E-Network Project in Praia in July 2010.  He was thankful to India for this useful network and hoped that it would give a fillip to tele-education and tele-medicine.

There are limited Indian companies based in Cabo Verde.  There are no joint ventures.  The Indian community is miniscule. 

Position on India´s Permanent membership of UNSC and the Non-Permanent seat in 2011-12

          While no written formal support has been conveyed / publicly expressed, Cabo Verde believes that India deserves to become a permanent member in the expanded UNSC.  Former President of Cabo Verde Mr. Pires had expressed that “India naturally should be a Permanent Member of the Expanded UNSC.  India, with its global stature, its stabilizing role in the world and contribution towards peace, should on its own merit, find a place in a world body such as the Security Council”.

During his visit to India in November 2009, the Foreign Minister of Cabo Verde H.E. Mr. Jose Brito announced the unequivocal support of his country for India’s candidature for the non-permanent membership of the UNSC for the term 2011-12.  India was elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC at the elections held in October 2010 with an overwhelming majority.

Counter Terrorism/Mumbai Attacks:  The President of Cabo Verde expressed, in a letter addressed to our Hon’ble President, condemnation and conveyed condolences after the Mumbai attacks.  They have expressed solidarity with India on initiatives to combat terrorism.

Status of DFTP implementation

As Cabo Verde is no longer among the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Duty Free Tariff Preference Scheme was not offered to Cabo Verde.

MOU on Visa waivers from diplomats and officials of both countries.

          Cabo Verde has sought an agreement with India in  this regard which is being considered.

LOCs/Grants/Projects – Status of already sanctioned LOCs/Grants/Projects

          In January 2010, the Government of India extended an LOC of US$ 5 million for a Technological Park Project.  However, the Government of Cabo Verde did not convey their acceptance to the offer of Line of Credit from the EXIM Bank (the rate of interest under the agreement was in accordance with what is applied to Middle-Income Countries).  Cabo Verde Government has been demanding that they should be provided loans on same terms and conditions as are applicable to LDCs as they feel that they should not be penalized for good economic performance and good governance that they have achieved.  It may be mentioned that Cabo Verde is the only country in Africa that has managed to graduate from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status, during the past decade. The Cabo Verdian side raised once again the matter of application of rate of interest in August 2012. The matter is under consideration by Government of India.

          Government of India has provided assistance in the form of supply of computers for the Cabo Verde Government’s programme ‘A New World’.  Computers from India have been supplied to Cabo Verde and have been well received. These were gifted to Cabo Verde in October 2012 under aid to Africa programme of the Ministry.

          Furthermore, India is assisting Cabo Verde in the establishment of an IT Centre in accordance with an MOU signed between the two Governments in November 2009 during the visit of Foreign Minister Mr. Jose Brito to New Delhi.  The Cabo Verde Government has been informed of the standard courses for the IT Centre and the arrangements / facilities that they need to provide for the centre.      
A sum of US$ 50,000/- has been provided by the GOI to the Cabo Verde Government as grant fund for combating dengue fever.

Refurbishment of a healthcare centre in Cabo Verde was financed by an IBSA grant of US$ 34,800/-. In February 2009, the IBSA Trust Fund Board approved the project documentation for the desalination plant and committed funding of up to US$ 1.6 million. 

          India has offered establishment of a cluster of Solar Charging Stations in Cabo Verde in pursuance of the announcements made at the Second India Africa Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in May 2011.

          Cabo Verde has sought a grant assistance of US $ 100,000 to fight malaria with equipment and medicines brought from India.

 

Commercial Relations / Bilateral trade:
Value in Million US$
(P)=Provisional


Year

India’s Exports

India’s Imports

Total Trade

Growth in %

2003-2004

0.05

0.00

0.05

 

2004-2005

0.60

0.00

0.60

1100

2005-2006

0.15

0.00

0.15

-75

2006-2007

0.21

0.21

0.42

180

2007-2008

0.42

0.00

0.42

0

2008-2009

0.39

0.33

0.72

71.43

2009-2010

0.70

0.11

0.81

12.5

2010-2011

0.44

2.08

2.52

211

India’s exports mainly consist of drugs & pharmaceuticals, plastic & linoleum products and manmade fibers.

ITEC: For financial year 2012-13, twenty slots have been allotted for training in various courses under ITEC Programme to candidates from Cabo Verde in accordance with the decisions taken following the second session of India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-2) held in Addis Ababa in May 2011.

 

Embassy in India:The Republic of Cabo Verde does not have an Embassy in New Delhi. However, the coordinates of the Honorary Consul General of Cabo Verde in New Delhi are as follows:

Dr. Sanjay K. Dewan Honorary Consul General of The Republic of Cabo Verde in India
6/24, Shanti Niketan, New Delhi – 110021, India.
Tel.: +91-11-24114292 / 93
Fax : +91-11-41055381
Mob: 0091 9811119462
Email: sdewan62@gmail.com

Email: hcg.capeverde@gmail.com

Indian community:: There is a very small Indian community in Cabo Verde..

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