The Prime Minister of Cabo Verde Ulisses Correia e Silva has defended the concession agreement with the Vinci group aimed at improving the capacity, performance, and quality of airports and airfields in the country.
Ulisses Correia e Silva made this assertion at the ceremony that marked the signing of the public airport service concession contract with the Vinci group, involving the 40-year management of the archipelago’s four international airports and three airfields.
As he explained, all this construction was based on “very strong elements”, pointing to a “structured trust”, based on data and information that allowed this decision to be made.
“It is a long-range strategic option and that is why it is long-term, a strong bet to make the airport business grow with competitiveness and sustainability”, he pointed out.
He said that the Government chose this partnership with the “guarantee” of a world-renowned operator, which offers a shared vision of developing air transport activities.
“We push boundaries when we have ambition and when we approach the market as a global one to conquer it,” he said.
According to the Chief Executive, Cape Verde cannot be limited to being a country that requests and receives foreign aid, but rather, he continued, “a country interested in foreign investment”, in public-private partnerships that have the ability to leverage the country’s economy.
“That’s why this partnership is of interest to everyone and the main purpose of the airport concession is to leverage an important sector for the Cape Verdean economy”, he stressed.
For Ulisses Correia e Silva, valuing the country’s location, increasing the contribution of airport management in the air transport sector, and improving tourism competitiveness are objectives that, together with the partners, they aim to achieve with this concession.
He also stressed that airports, both in terms of air navigation and airport management, are crucial to positioning Cabo Verde and, particularly the island of Sal, as a “reference air hub” in Africa and the Middle Atlantic.
“Investments foreseen in the concession contract are aimed at improving the capacity, performance, and quality of our airports and airfields”, he noted.
The prime minister also highlighted that “certainly” the archipelago will have more passenger and aircraft flows, greater commercial income from airports, and greater promotion of Cape Verde as a tourist and investment destination, with an impact on growth, wealth creation, and employment. worthy.
“We are building a very strong position for Cape Verde with an aerial, maritime and digital platform”, he stressed, adding that the objective is to make investments and increase the country’s economic potential.
The Government signed today the public airport service concession contract to the Vinci group, involving the 40-year management of four international airports and three aerodromes in an 80 million euros deal.
This is a concession that the Cape Verdean Executive decided to award to Vinci Airports by direct agreement, providing for ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal to hold 30% of the shares in the Cape Verdean company created to assume this contract.