Cape Verde: XNUMX tourism workers expected to receive vaccine in the first phase

Olavo Correia, also holder of the Finance portfolio, made these statements during a meeting with local businessmen, from different areas of activity, micro, medium and small companies, in one of the hotels in the tourist city of Santa Maria.

The deputy prime minister of Cape Verde, Olavo Correia, assured this weekend, in Sal, that about ten thousand employees linked to the tourist sector will benefit from the vaccine, in a first phase, aiming to protect the tourists who visit this African country.

Olavo Correia, also holder of the Finance portfolio, made these statements during a meeting with local businessmen, from different areas of activity, micro, medium and small companies, in one of the hotels in the tourist city of Santa Maria.

According to the minister, while the vaccine does not reach Cape Verde, what matters is to do “a good fight” in relation to the management of the pandemic, since, as he said, the data received are contradictory, but the vaccine awakens a “new hope".

"We have an ongoing vaccination plan, which in the first phase will benefit and prioritize around ten thousand employees in the tourism field, precisely to protect tourists from infection," he reiterated, highlighting all the diplomatic work with "all" European countries, that is, the 27 countries of the European Union, also achieved with the support of the operator TUI.

"But, as we know, this picture does not depend only on Cape Verde, but on international developments, and the latest data has been of great concern", he pondered.

Olavo Correia also pointed out that the Government launched training programs for tourism professionals, covering around 2500 workers in the area, and is also working on launching new tourism products for new market niches.

“We are also preparing a very strong package to promote tourism, both domestically and internationally”, he revealed, advancing, on the other hand, the new measures taken in the framework of the State Budget for 2021, of ideas that the Government has of additional measures , in relation to the economic recovery.

In this regard, Olavo Correia spoke of the 'lay-off' practically in the third phase, scheduled to extend until March 2021, the credit default that should also go until September this year.

“It is a challenge for the Cape Verdean economy. There is no point in pretending to be here, because many of these loans treated today as arrears for September or December 2021 ... we will come to the moment when these loans have to be repaid ”, he cautioned.

“And, if companies are in a shaky situation from the point of view of treasury and the recovery is slow, it is unlikely that companies will be able to meet these obligations. Therefore, it is a challenge that has to be anticipated - that we are working on - so that we can find the best conditions so that companies can continue to live ”, he warned.

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