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Date: 20/11/2007
CAPE VERDE STANDARDS WILL CHANGE COMPLETELY

Prime Minister José Maria Neves said that “our standards for Cape Verde will have to change completely” as of yesterday, November 19, when the European Council on General Affairs and Foreign Relations approved the special partnership between Cape Verde and the European Union.
The head of the Cape Verdean government spoke at a press conference about what he called “a historic moment and an extraordinary victory on the part of all Cape Verdeans,” and “a one-of-a-kind accord that will contribute towards innovation in relations between Europe and Africa.”

Questioned regarding the practical changes Cape Verdeans will see in their everyday lives, Josá Maria Neves replied that “our standards will change completely” and that productivity levels in the public sector will have to change as well. Neves spoke of Cape Verde’s obligation to converge “with the EU on a macroeconomic level, and the Maastrich criteria - the public deficit, inflation and the global public debt - will have to be taken into account in economic governance.”
Cape Verde will leave the list of Least Developed Countries to join that of Developing Countries, and, contrary to what has been said, we’re not going to receive any more aid, and we’re going to have to rely on our own resources and work capacity to generate wealth. This requires the introduction of profound changes on a country-wide level in order to capacitate human resources and increase the productivity of the Cape Verdean economy so that we ourselves may finance Cape Verde’s development process. The special partnership will permit this transformation process to take place more quickly,” he affirmed.

Another of the advantages of this special partnership, according to Neves, is “the more competitive insertion of Cape Verde in the world economy, because this is yet another anchor for the country to move closer to more dynamic socio-economic spaces.”

Another of the issues often mentioned when speaking of the special partnership with the EU is that of the free circulation of goods and persons. Neves said that “this is not a taboo issue and was on the negotiating table on many occasions.” “But the special partnership accord does not include the free circulation of goods and persons, although there are various countries and legislators who believe we could have gone further,” he added. The Prime Minister said, however, that this is “not a closed case and will be worked on.”

With the special partnership, Cape Verde will have to “equate changes in its diplomatic representation network, namely in Brussels and other European countries,” within the context of the EU, the ECOWAS and the WTO.

Cape Verde will leave the list of Least Developed Countries to join that of Developing Countries, and, contrary to what has been said, we’re not going to receive any more aid, and we’re going to have to rely on our own resources and work capacity to generate wealth. This requires the introduction of profound changes on a country-wide level in order to capacitate human resources and increase the productivity of the Cape Verdean economy so that we ourselves may finance Cape Verde’s development process. The special partnership will permit this transformation process to take place more quickly,” he affirmed.

Another of the advantages of this special partnership, according to Neves, is “the more competitive insertion of Cape Verde in the world economy, because this is yet another anchor for the country to move closer to more dynamic socio-economic spaces.”

Another of the issues often mentioned when speaking of the special partnership with the EU is that of the free circulation of goods and persons. Neves said that “this is not a taboo issue and was on the negotiating table on many occasions.” “But the special partnership accord does not include the free circulation of goods and persons, although there are various countries and legislators who believe we could have gone further,” he added. The Prime Minister said, however, that this is “not a closed case and will be worked on.”

With the special partnership, Cape Verde will have to “equate changes in its diplomatic representation network, namely in Brussels and other European countries,” within the context of the EU, the ECOWAS and the WTO.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities Victor Borges spoke before José Maria Neves and stressed that “Cape Verde’s ambition is to leave the donor/beneficiary paradigm behind and move on to a different plan of action.” According to Borges, this plan of action is founded in the “reinforcement of coordination and political dialogue on both sides,” in “the promotion and defense of a framework of common interests” and in “Cape Verde’s integration in the dual perspective of the ECOWAS and the ultra-peripheral regions of the North Atlantic.”

“The basic postulate of this partnership is the optimization of the potentialities of the Cotonou Treaty and the mobilization of other instruments that will allow us to respond to the plan of action’s aspirations,” Borges explained.





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