Speaking to journalists, on the sidelines of a conference organized by the National Assembly to mark the 30th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Cape Verde, Catarina Sarmento e Castro advanced that the support will be made available under a protocol that the two ministries will sign today.
The protocol, he continued, aims to deepen relations and the development of Justice projects in Cape Verde, namely in training and laboratory techniques.
“We came here to deepen these partnerships, which are very important for both countries,” said the minister, indicating that this amount will be earmarked for this year’s activities and that the two countries are already working on future protocols in this sector.
The Minister of Justice of Cape Verde, Joana Rosa, added that the document also aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as social reintegration, the Judiciary Police and the laboratory part, with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, which will be installed. gradually and should be fully operational on all islands in 10 years, according to a study presented in October 2021.
“We are going to reinforce this cooperation, we are doing it, in some way, with projects and concrete actions that we have to develop, within what are the specificities of Cape Verde, but always recognizing the advances of Portugal in relation to to various subjects and what are the good teachings that we should bring and import and, in a way, adapt them to the Cape Verdean reality”, stressed the Cape Verdean minister.
The visit of the Minister of Justice of Portugal to Cape Verde has as another objective to participate in the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of that African country, having already participated in another conference, organized by the Government.
“It is a very important day for Cape Verde and Portugal could not fail to be represented in these commemorations of the 30th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic, which is a sister, democratic, pluralist Constitution, which defends human rights and fundamental rights”, stressed Catarina. Sarmento e Castro, in activities that also coincide with the commemoration of National Human Rights Day.
In addition to participating in these activities, the Portuguese minister paid a courtesy visit this morning to the Cape Verdean prime minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, will have a meeting with her counterpart, a dinner hosted by the Portuguese ambassador to Cape Verde and at the Saturday visit the Tarrafal de Santiago Concentration Camp museum.
The 1992 Constitution, approved on 25 September, emerged following the democratization process of Cape Verde, after the one-party period, and aimed to provide the country with a set of rules in which the principles of pluralist democracy and the State of Democratic Law were consecrated, having been the subject of two revisions (1999 and 2010).
The 30th anniversary of the Constitution of Cape Verde also has a commemoration program with a conference to be promoted on Sunday, September 25, by the President of the Republic, José Maria Neves.
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