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African Development Bank president to inaugurate Port of Maio during visit to Cabo Verde

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

African Development Bank Group ( President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina will inaugurate the upgraded Port of Maio on Wednesday during a three-day visit to Cabo Verde.

The President will travel to Cabo Verde at the invitation of Prime Minister, Dr. José Ulisses Correia e Silva.

In 2018, the African Development Bank approved a $26 million facility to upgrade the ports of Maio and Palmeira. The European Union co-financed the project with a grant of 10 million.

The growth of maritime transportation is critical for the West African country, given its geographic location. Cabo Verde is an archipelago in the central Atlantic Ocean.

The Cabo Verdean government is working to create a dependable transportation network to improve economic ties between the islands, lower transportation and storage costs, and promote inclusive growth. Tourism, which accounts for 25% of GDP, 23% of formal jobs and 55% of the nation’s exports, is critical to its economy.

During his visit to Praia- the nation’s capital, Adesina will meet with Prime Minister Correia e Silva and Finance Minister and deputy Olavo Correia to discuss the Bank’s strategic priorities, engagement, and opportunities for future partnerships.

Adesina will also meet with key partners of the Budget Support Group (Portugal, Spain, European Union, Luxembourg, and the World Bank) to discuss ways to support Cabo Verde’s efforts to strengthen its socioeconomic infrastructure. He will also meet with representatives of business associations about improving the business environment.

In July, Prime Minister Correia e Silva visited the Abidjan headquarters of the African Development Bank Group, where he discussed Cabo Verde’s economic condition with President Adesina. He sought support for his country to enable it tackle exogenous shocks such as those caused by the war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 outbreak.

The African Development Bank and Cabo Verde have been working together since 1977. Since then, the Bank has invested more than 619 million in 69 projects in the country.

Click here ( for highlights of Carbo Verde Prime Minister’s visit to the AfDB headquarters

Watch video ( of the Bank’s support to the Cabeolica Wind Farm Project in Cabo Verde

Watch video ( of the Bank’s support to the Praia (Cape Verde) Airport Expansion and Modernization Project

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Emeka Anuforo
Communication and External Relations Department

About the African Development Bank Group:
The African Development Bank Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, the Bank contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information:


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