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Client: Ministry of Foreign Affaires and Ministry for State Reform | 01/11/2011 - 01/09/2012

Mission Supporting the Special Partnership between the European Union and Cape Verde in the Field of the Technical and Regulatory Convergence


  • The priority sectors finally defined included trade in goods and services and economic and social infrastructure, specifically:
    • Food and chemical-pharmaceutical products (with relevance for ARFA)
    • Financial services: banking, insurance, securities markets
    • Transportation (sea and road networks)
    • Water and Energy
    • Labour and Social Security regulations
  • Conducted a complete analysis of the existing institutional and administrative arrangements in Cape Verde for developing, monitoring and enforcing technical, quality and safety standards.
  • Analysis of the regulatory framework in greater detail in respect of the situation in the priority sectors with regard to compliance.
  • Comparison of the current situation with EU regulations applicable to these sectors.
  • Identification of the gaps with the EU, both in terms of the regulations themselves and the capacity and capability of the Cape Verde authorities, institutions and industries to respond to the requirements.
  • Prepared and presented a White Paper on the Technical and Regulatory Convergence between Cape Verde and the European Union (situation analysis, strategic assessment, recommendations).
  • Drafted an Action Plan focusing on the feasible major horizontal and specific actions for each priority sector to be carried out in the 2011-2016 period. The plan identified the constraints to be overcome in order to carry out the recommended actions.

The rationale for this project is to facilitate Cape Verde’s access to the EU internal market and the opportunities for increasing trade provided through the Special Partnership Action Plan (SPAP) by providing them with advisory services to bring their model for the regulation of technical and quality standards into line with EU regulations and procedures.

This alignment embraces all of the key elements of infrastructure that impact on competitiveness.

The project support is a combination of the:

  • Identification of sectors to be prioritised under the SPAP
  • Development of diagnostic tools
  • Assessment of the capacity and capability of existing institutional and regulatory bodies and systems
  • Identification of the compliance gaps with the EU
  • Support for the strengthening of the existing regulatory framework with improved institutional and control methodology and the revision of standards to meet EU requirements

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