Cabo Verde - Porto Ingles and Palmeira Ports Modernisation and Expansion Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 06 Dec 2018
Signature Date 11 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21040
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 14,160,512.22
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Porto Inglês and Palmeira Ports Modernisation and Expansion Project is consistent with the strategic framework for the promotion of the blue economy and the Master Plan for the Palmeira Port in Sal prepared on 27 August 2007 for a period of 25 years. The port infrastructure planned under the project is located on the islands of Maio and Sal. For Porto Inglês in Maio, the project will entail: (i) rehabilitation and repair of defects found on the existing quay which is 350 metres long and 15 metres wide; (ii) the construction of two rollon/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ramps and their accesses; (iii) the construction of a 150 metre-long breakwater dike; (iv) the rehabilitation and extension of the port embankment to transform it into a storage area and protect it against marine erosion; and (v) upgrading of the 0.8 km access road leading to the port. Related facilities and support have been planned for Maio Island to strengthen: (i) women and youth groups involved in the harvesting and processing of seafood (salt and fish) and dairy products (cheese); and (ii) the activities of the Vocational Training Centre to prepare youth for development of the tourism industry on this Island. For Palmeira Port in Sal, all operations will be land-based and will complete the 2 phases of maritime works carried out in 2010 and 2017 with financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). They will comprise: (i) the construction of buildings for the various services and a passenger terminal; (ii) the construction of storage and parking areas and a 1.2 km access road. The project will be implemented over a four-year period for a total estimated cost of UA 29.62 million.

Project Objectives

From the strategic standpoint, the goal of the project is to contribute to attainment of economic growth and tourism development in Cabo Verde. The specific goals of the project are to: (i) improve the level of service at the Porto Inglês in Maio and Palmeira Port in Sal; and (ii) improve the living conditions of project area (PA) communities, particularly in Maio.


The direct beneficiaries of the project, male and female and from all age groups, are users of transport services as well as the communities within the DPA. These communities were consulted and sensitized during project design through a participatory approach that will be maintained right up to project completion.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Cape Verde


IATI identifier 46002-P-CV-DD0-005
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Abdoulaye DIARRA

Geographic Location

Country Cape Verde
Coordinates Location Name
15.25 -23.1667 Ilha de Maio
16.75 -22.9167 Ilha do Sal