This Wednesday, Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed His Excellency Mr Jorge Carlos De Almeida Fonseca, President of Cabo Verde as part of the second Monaco Oceans Week. The visit was very much a working one, and the President was accompanied by a delegation from Cabo Verde and followed a visit the Prince made there. Following a lunch at the Prince’s Palace, the pair attended the Ever Fair at the Grimaldi Forum; the Fair seeks to promote renewable energy and green-powered cars.
Following lunch, they went to the Oceanographic Museum where the President was treated to a viewing of a film Expedition Cabo Verde about the Monaco expedition led by Prince Albert to the area last October. The Republic of Cabo Verde is an archipelago of ten volcanic islands about 350 miles west of the Cape Verde Peninsular in West Africa. A former Portuguese colony it achieved a peaceful independence in 1975. It is one of the developed and democratic countries in Africa, dependent mainly on tourism and foreign investment.
His Excellency Jorge Carlos De Almeida Fonseca is the fourth President of Cabo Verde, elected first in 2011, and re-elected in October 2016. Trained as a University Professor in Law, he has held various appointments within the Government of Cabo Verde, including Director General of Emigration and Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He held teaching roles on law in universities in Lisbon and Macau.
Cabo Verde was the 135th country to establish diplomatic relations with Monaco, and bilateral co-operation between the two countries was further strengthened during this visit with the signing of a framework agreement between the two countries which will benefit closer links and friendships between Monaco and Cabo Verde in a number of areas. The day finished with a meal in the President’s honour hosted by the Minister of State, and the guests included Monégasque personalities and business leaders.