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Ambassador Rocha's Address on the Ocassion of the Inauguration of TACV Flight


Warwick, Rhode Island, June 2, 2015


Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening!

It is an honor and, indeed, a real  pleasure being here, in the capacity of Ambassador of Cabo Verde to the United States in response to the invitation made to me by Green Airport and TACV –Cabo Verde Airlines - to attend this first inaugural flight between Cabo Verde and Rhode Island.

One of the tasks of an Ambassador is to promote his country in general and in the context of economic diplomacy, to promote the country as the origin and destination of Business be it in trade or investment, and to create both legal and operational conditions for win-win partnerships in these fields.

So, I extend my thanks, as well as my best wishes for the success and the progress of this new partnership which now begins.


I would, however, before further due, observe the Protocol.

First, to recognize and to greet the Rhode Island authorities welcoming us here today

• Governor Gina Raimondo 

• Presidente and CEO of RI Airport Corporation Kelly Fredericks

• Chairman of RI Airport Corporation Board of Directors, Jonathan Savage 

Secondly, to salute and to welcome authorities from Cabo Verde who traveled for this occasion

• Minister of Communities, Ms. Fernanda Fernandes, in representation of the Government

• Director General of Tourism Emanuel Almeida

• TACV CEO, Commercial Director and Staff and 

TAVC Representative in RI, Alexandre Furtado 

Finally I would like to greet and wish a pleasant and useful journey to all those present, americans and caboverdean - americans.  In particular, I would like to highlight the honorable presence of the US Ambassador to Cabo Verde and my friend Donald Heflin, and not least my friend Pedro Graciano Carvalho, Consul General of Cabo Verde in Boston.


 Rhode Island and Cape Verde

Ladies and Gentlemen

We are in Green Airport, located in the Ocean State of Rhode Island, to welcome an inaugural flight from the ocean state of Cabo Verde – with verde in its name meaning precisely green - 

With this wordplay I wanted mainly to emphasize the similarities, namely the features and interests that both, country and state, have in common.

They are both of small dimensions, geographically and demographically. Rhode Island is about 3140 square kilometers compared to 4033 square kilometers for Cabo Verde. The population of Rhode Island is still equivalent of that of Cabo Verde, the Diaspora of the latter included. 

If the state of Rhode Island is characterized by having various sea fronts, Cape Verde as an archipelago of 10 islands within a wide EEZ of about 800,000 square kilometers, has the sea as its most important territory.

As Rhode Island, the presence and tradition of the sea influences Cabo Verde's  economy. Cape Verde is strongly committed in developing its blue economy, in activities that go from port management and transshipment to fisheries, oceanic research, the sciences of the sea and water or nautical sports.

But also in other Clusters of the Transformational agenda in Cabo Verde as the air business, tourism and other businesses based on trade and investment, which are sectors that could contribute to the development of partnerships between RI and Cabo Verde. 

Rhode Island is also one of the American states that welcomed a significant number of Caboverdeans, since the beginning of their emigration to the United States in the eighteenth century. Caboverdeans are present in all urban communities in Rhode Island and are one of the most representative ethnic groups, due to their strong presence, integration and intellectual and labor force. They constitute a real bridge that cements and reinforces each day the relations between Cabo Verde and the United States and Rhode Island in particular.

Inauguration of Flight

TACV, which already has a long tradition of connecting by air Cabo Verde and the United States decided to start operating, with this first flight, based upon the facilities of the Green Airport.

This decision was welcomed by all of Rhode Island officials, who saw it as an expansion of international services at the airport as a new gateway in its region, and for the benefit not only of Cape Verde but also the population of New England in general.

The coming of TACV on scheduled flights, bi or tri weekly, represent an opportunity for more Businesses for operators and more jobs in the region.

 I believe and I hope, however, that the existence of regular flights will likely stimulate tourism and the development of other Businesses mutually benefiting Cabo Verde and the State of Rhode Island.

Hence, and for all the above reasons, the relations between Cape Verde and Rhode Island have the potential to go further in the development of economic partnerships and co-operation.

The Business by way of trade, direct investment and tourism and relations in the fields of education, health and inter-cities cooperation have every reason to ultimately make it a reality.

Within the framework of economic diplomacy the Embassy, with the support of the Consulate General, has been working on agendas for this purpose.

TACV flights landing at Green Airport on a regular schedule may well help the take off of business in between Cabo Verde and Rhode Island. As far as I' m concerned and as an observer from the departure gate LET ME CONCLUDE BY WISHING YOU a Good Flight.

Thank you all !!!

Africa Day 2015

Africa Day 2015:

Women Empowerment and Development towards achieving Africa Agenda 2063


The African Ambassadors Group to the United States is celebrating this Year’s Africa Day under the theme Women Empowerment and Development towards achieving Africa Agenda 2063, through holding a series of events to highlight the progress that Africa made and the challenges ahead in this regard.

Africa Day celebrates the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the African Union (AU), which was formed on May 25th 1963. On this day, the African Countries reflect on their common goals and aspirations for a better future, as well as the challenges ahead in a global environment.

It is with a view to successfully complete the post-2015 Development Agenda, to accelerate Beijing and Dakar Platforms for Action, and to implement gender equality and women’s empowerment policies as part of the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020), that the African Countries have declared 2015 as a year of "Women Empowerment and Development towards achieving Africa Agenda 2063".

Africa Agenda 2063 is a roadmap for Africa’s long-term socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years. One of the seven pillars of this Agenda aims at achieving people-driven development, specifically by placing gender equality and equity at the core of these efforts. The African Countries have prioritized five areas of women empowerment to achieve Agenda 2063, including health, education, economy, peace and security, and agriculture.

For more information on Africa Agenda 2063 please visit: http://agenda2063.au.int/en/documents





Entre as 08h00 do dia 25 e as 08h00 do dia 26/01/2015, a intensidade do tremor vulcânico manteve a oscilação, com uma ligeira tendência para aumentar até as 11h00. No período das 11h00 até as 16h00, sofreu uma brusca tendência de aumento, tendo atingido valores similares aos observados antes do dia 24/12/2014. Entre as 16h00 e o fim do período, o tremor vulcânico tornou-se numa tempestade de eventos de longa duração, com intervalos de tempo entre eventos sucessivos com tendência para diminuir e formar um sinal contínuo, ou seja em tremor vulcânico. Durante todo o período de análise, foram registados eventos resultantes de explosões, os quais, em determinados períodos, foram muito intensos e frequentes.

Após um breve período de deflação, os registos inclinométricos, particularmente da estação do Monte Beco, mostraram uma tendência para inflação a partir das 07h30 até as 20h00. Esta tendência resulta da deformação do solo produzida pelo aumento do fluxo de magma, sugerido pelo aumento significativo da intensidade do tremor vulcânico.

Sublinha-se que as imagens térmicas da Ilha do Fogo mostram que houve um aumento da radiação térmica à superfície e, tendo em consideração o aumento da intensidade do tremor vulcânico, houve, igualmente, efusão de lava.

Estas observações sugerem um agravamento com reactivação. Tendo em conta a sequência de eventos de longo período, a actividade eruptiva poderá continuar com explosões e efusão de lava nas próximas 24 horas.

O INMG continuará a monitorizar a evolução da situação e a fornecer informações actualizadas, através dos seus serviços operacionais.

Ilha do Sal, 26 de Janeiro de 2015

Francophonie Festival 2015

Cabo Verde is one of more than 30 countries participating in this year's Francophonie Cultural Festival in DC, a month long dedicated to celebrating Francophone culture through music, art, literature, film, and cuisine.

Taking place from March 5-27, 2015, and throughout the Washington DC area, the Festival includes concerts, films, theatrical performances, discussion panels, exhibitions and much more.

The hightlight of the Festival is "La Grande Fete" which will take place on March 27th starting at 7:00 pm at the Embassy of France.

Come visit Cabo Verde's stand and sample typical Cabo Verdean foods and drinks, and explore unique attractions and traditions from all other participating countries.

For a full schedule of events, information, and to purchase tickets please visit www.francophonie-dc.org.

National Flag Flown at Half-Mast

The Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde has declared  the observance of 2 (two) days of National mourning following  the sinking of Navio Vicente which took place on Thrusday January 8, 2015 in the Island of Fogo. This period of mourning is effective January 14, 2015 and during this time the National flag will be flown at half- mast on all public buildings in Cabo Verde and Diplomatic Missions around the world.

O Governo the Cabo Verde declara  luto oficial nacional por 2 (dois) dias em decorrência do naufrágio do Navio Vicente ao largo da IIha do Fogo em vigor a partir do dia 14 de Janeiro de 2015. Durante este periodo a Bandeira Nacional sera colocada a meia haste em todos os edifícios publicos no pais, bem como nas Representações Diplomáticas e Consulares de Cabo Verde.

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