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Government Designs Desalination Plant for Maio

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The government is aiming to equip the islands of Maio and Brava with a desalination unit soon. This is part of a plan to mitigate the bad agricultural sector to be financed, at around 10 million euros, by the European Union. In this project, recently submitted, the executive of Ulisses Correia e Silva is counting on a strong intervention by Luxembourg for its approval.

This “good news” for the people of Ilha das Flores and Porto Inglês was given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luís Filipe Tavares, who spoke to journalists, this Tuesday, February 18th, after following the visit of a ministerial delegation from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the President of the Republic, Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

"The negotiations are very advanced," said the minister, assuring that the two future infrastructures are "fair demands" of the populations of the islands to be benefited. According to him, the country needs water for agriculture and, therefore, the government will work so that this year there will be more water both in Maio and on Ilha Brava.

“I believe that in April we will be in a position and Luxembourg, once again, is at the forefront of this European Union support to Cape Verde. This plan to mitigate the bad agricultural sector will have a very strong participation from Luxembourg as always ”, added the minister.

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The presentation of the project took place on Monday afternoon, in a ceremony attended by the President of the National Assembly of Cape Verde, Jorge Santos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities, Luís Filipe Tavares, and the Minister of Cooperation and Action Humanitarian of that European country, Frantz Fayot.

Also according to Inforpress, the project is budgeted at 150,000 euros and will be 100% financed by the Government of Luxembourg. For his part, Jorge Santos stressed the importance of it, indicating that he will resolve and reduce the energy bill of the National Assembly in the short and medium term.

The project is part of the support program for the renewable energy sector of Luxembourg Cooperation and is being implemented with the partnership and collaboration of the Center for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI) in terms of technical assistance.

The Luxembourg delegation was also integrated by the Minister of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Carole Dieschibourg and the Minister of Energy and Minister of Spatial Planning, Claude Turmes, who were on the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão, visited on Tuesday the Center for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI) and the Cape Verde School of Hospitality and Tourism (EHTCV), in Praia.

Luxembourg's Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Frantz Fayot, was "impressed" by the results of the Employment and Employability program implemented at EHTCV and guaranteed Luxembourg's availability to strengthen cooperation.

The delegation ended its visit to the country on the same day, which took place within the framework of the negotiations for the fifth indicative cooperation program (PIC) between Cape Verde and Luxembourg, for the period 2021 - 2024, which will suffer an increase of more than 30 per percent (%), going from the current 45 million euros to around 60 million.

The program, which should be signed between June and July this year, in Luxembourg, was one of the subjects discussed at the working meeting between the Cape Verdean and Luxembourg delegations, held on Monday, in Praia, following the visit of three Luxembourg ministers to the archipelago.

Expresso das Ilhas nº 951 of 19 February 2020.