The construction of the new Maio port looks all set to proceed. It has been reported that the funding is now in place. The estimated cost of the project is €15m, together with a further €1.5m for the access road to the new port and training for young people on the island. The African Development Bank has backed the project. The president of the Bank will be in Cape Verde in July and this will coincide with the launch of the construction tender. Following technical investigations and studies, the new port will be located on the site of the existing port, close to Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês). It is understood that the ferry between Praia and Maio will be able to continue during the construction period. The new facilities should improve the experience for people traveling by ferry between Praia and the island of Maio.
The new hotel and casino planned for Praia is expected to be operational in two and a half years time. The complex, which is to be built on the island of Santa Maria in Praia will also include a marina and convention centre. The project is a Chinese initiative and is to be constructed by a contractor from Beijing. Work on a bridge to link the island to Praia will commence shortly.
With its excellent climate and almost unending sunshine, the government of Cape Verde has been awarded a grant by the World Bank to create a solar energy project. The electricity from this installation is to be supplied to hospitals.
New terminal buildings at Sal International Airport (Amílcar Cabral) will improve facilities for passengers. The airport is becoming busier as more and more flights are coming to Sal from Europe. A second similar building is currently under construction.
The Channel 4 TV programme ‘A Place in the Sun’ has been filming in Sal, Cape Verde and presenter Jasmine Harman interviewed Cheryl Thomas from Expats Cape Verde (www.expatscapeverde.com), whose home is in Santa Maria on the island of Sal.