The German-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILA) organized the 1st Germany Trade Mission to Visit Cape Verde under the motto “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the development of Cape Verde”, in close collaboration with the Directorate General of Energy (DGE) and support of the Cape Verdean Investment Promotion Agency (CI), Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sotavento and Barlavento, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the German Renewable Academy AG (RENAC).
The symposium was held on October 13th, 2015 at the Centre of Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI), Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde. Participants got first-hand information about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies (which included the planning and construction of biogas plants, sewage treatment plants and other renewable energy facilities,) which are already being used in Germany.
The energy sector of Cape Verde is an element of central importance for the country’s economic and social development, which depends, to a large extent, on fossil, imported and expensive primary energy sources. Consequently, the Cape Verdean government pursues the aim of establishing an energy sector that is secure, efficient, sustainable and independent from fossil fuels. The main project defined by the government is to achieve a penetration rate of 100% of renewable energy sources in the electricity generation by 2020. Efforts have been made to create strong partnerships, from a technical as well as financial perspective, to ensure a successful realization of this ambitious target. Germany, in turn, is nowadays one of the European pioneer countries in energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and technologies.
In order to promote partnerships for this increase of energy efficiency and the penetration of renewable energies in the archipelago’s energy sector – institutional or between German and Cape Verdean companies, this 1st Cape Verde International Fair for Environment and Renewable Energies (FIAER) was held and birthed the opportunity for individual meetings held between the German participants and potential Cape Verdean partners at the premises of the respective Cape Verdean companies. The Cape Verdean companies with offices in other cities, the CI, the ECREEE and the MTIDE (Cape Verdean Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Business Development) provide their meeting rooms in the city of Praia.
The German entrepreneurs expect this visit to turn into major partnerships between the two countries, making Cape Verde their entry platform into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) market, according to the reports.
Praia is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde, an island nation in the Atlantic Ocean west of Senegal. It is the island’s ferry port and is home to one of the nation’s four international airports. The city centre is known as Platô due to its location on a small plateau. It also has a fishing industry and there are resort beaches nearby. It is the seat of the Praia municipality and has a population of 138,803.