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Keynote Remarks by Cape Verde Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva | Mainstage

H.E. Ulisses Correia e Silva, Prime Minister, Cape Verde

The world has faced a common challenge in the COVID-19 pandemic. Ulisses Correia e Silva, Prime Minister of Cape Verde, understands well that vaccination is the best way to curb and overcome the crisis. His nation should reach 85% of the adult population with one dose by October 2021. He implored the audience to ensure no country is left behind.

Cape Verde faces a particular problem in reopening an economy based on tourism. Prime Minister Silva explained how his nation intends to implement structural changes to promote more economic resilience and diversity: 1. Development of a more diversified, decentralized, and sustainable tourism; 2. Digital transformation; 3. Massive use of renewable energy and electric mobility; 4. Agriculture improvement through a water strategy based on desalination and safe water reuse; and, 5. Focus on the blue economy through better ocean stewardship. 

The Prime Minister expressed that foreign debt relief will be a crucial component in sustainable growth, and that it is his first priority after vaccination.

More than solidarity, it is global effectiveness in the interest of all that is at stake—the interest of present and future generations.

Ulisses Correia e Silva

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Small countries that have been successful in promoting vaccination, diversifying their economies, and addressing climate change have lessons to teach the world.