China will provide Cabo Verde with military support amounting to €4.4 million, over the next five years, according to the protocol signed on Wednesday in the city of Praia.
The protocol for free military assistance was signed by the Cape Verdean Minister of Defence, Luís Filipe Tavares, and the Chinese Ambassador to Cape Verde, Du Xiaocong.
The agreement follows the first visit of Cabo Verde’s Defense Minister to China, in November 2017, and the summit on Africa-China cooperation, in September 2018.
According to the Chinese ambassador to Cabo Verde, the protocol consists of supplying materials to the armed forces, which also hopes to strengthen relations with their Chinese counterparts.
“China supports the cause of Cabo Verde’s national defence, we offer the armed forces military materials and training courses for human resources,” the Chinese diplomat said.
Luís Filipe Tavares said the donation will help the country’s armed forces to have a “very modern radio communication service” and equally modern means of transport for military personnel.
The materials will contribute to “transform” the armed forces of the country.
Besides China, Luís Filipe Tavares said that Cabo Verde is mobilizing other resources and will soon sign an agreement with the Republic of Serbia to train the military and create a modern information service in the armed forces.
“This is a very important moment for our institution. I would dare say that we are revolutionizing the armed forces of Cabo Verde,” he said.