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Cape Verdi Country Report

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Risk Level

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Overview

Executive Summary

Cape Verde has one of the most stable political environments in Africa, exemplified by a peaceful change of government in March 2016 from the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) to the Movement for Democracy (MpD). Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva is focused on promoting the service sector, reducing taxes for small and medium-sized businesses, and cutting expenditure on costly infrastructure projects. Due to high public debt, dependency on tourism, and the pegging of the currency to the euro, the economy is vulnerable to external shocks. Cape Verde remains partly reliant on remittances from abroad. Violent crime, though low, is rising.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Operational Outlook

Cape Verde provides a stable operational environment for foreign investors. A wide variety of incentives are available, particularly in sectors that are export-orientated or diversify the country's industrial base geographically and technologically. The government plans to make the country a logistics and services hub in the mid-Atlantic by improving port facilities and attracting investments in the financial services sector. Skilled labour is generally available, but a lack of capacity at the university level forces significant numbers to study abroad. The labour market has also been criticised for its rigidity.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Terrorism

Moderate

The government claims that Islamist militia, including Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, may be using Cape Verde for transit, refuge, recruitment, and training. Cape Verde has a small Muslim community, mainly comprising foreigners of West African origin, and it remains highly unlikely that Islamist militants have done anything other than use Cape Verde for non-operational financing purposes.

Last update: March 27, 2018

War Risks

Low

War risks are minimal. Cape Verde has strong institutions with no history of military takeovers and maintains peaceful relations with its neighbours.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Social Stability

Elevated

There are no significant ethnic, religious, or linguistic differences. Social stability and unrest in Cape Verde generally revolve around labour issues, with sporadic demonstrations over job opportunities, unemployment benefits, and salary increases in line with the cost of living likely to continue. Youth unemployment in the main cities, as well as an increase in drug trafficking and consumption, has contributed to rising crime rates, particularly petty crime and gang violence that sometimes include murders, which can lead to growing unrest.

Last update: March 27, 2018

Health Risk

Severe

Vaccinations required to enter the country

Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (YFV) transmission and over one year of age and for travelers who have been in transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission. 

Routine Vaccinations

Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.

Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).

Yellow Fever: A vaccine is available for children over the age of one year.

Other Vaccinations

Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).

Last update: June 1, 2016

Practical Information

Climate

Located in the Sahel Zone, Cape Verde enjoys a dry tropical climate.

The country has two main seasons, the dry season (November until June) and the rainy season (July until October). Air temperatures vary between 20°C and 30°C. The average ocean temperature is 26°C. Temperatures do not drop much at night except at higher elevations. Violent winds often strike the country during the winter, sometimes for days at a time.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +238
Police in Santiago: 261 36 37
Police in Sao Vicente: 231 46 31
Police on the island of Boa Vista: 251 11 32
Police on the island of Brava: 285 11 32
Police on the island of Fogo: 281 11 32
Police on the island of Maio: 255 11 32
Police on the island of Sao Nicolau: 235 11 32
Police on the island of Sal: 241 11 32
Police on the island of Sao Antao: 221 11 32

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V ~ 50 Hz

Outlets:

Last update: November 20, 2013