I am looking forward to welcoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Cape Verde on the final leg of her seven nation trip to Africa. Her visit will highlight good governance in this small, island nation. Secretary Clinton has been emphasizing this theme throughout her travels during the past week, and it certainly rings true here. Cape Verde enjoys a stable democratic system, high transparency, and low corruption.
This nation is a success story that has helped to emphasize that Africa is a place of opportunity, built on an ethic of responsibility. Secretary Clinton has placed great importance on good governance and the power of democracy to drive social advancement and economic success. The Secretary has also underscored America’s commitment to partner with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential.
The United States has a long history of partnership with Cape Verde beginning in 1818 when the first U.S. consulate in sub-Saharan Africa was established here. U.S. consular representation continued throughout the 19th century. The United States recognized Cape Verde on its independence day in 1975 and supported its admission to the United Nations. Cape Verde assigned one of its first ambassadors to the U.S., and a resident U.S. ambassador was posted to Cape Verde in 1983. I’m proud to serve as Ambassador as we continue to build on this strong foundation, and Secretary Clinton’s arrival will bring well-deserved recognition to the success of the people and institutions of Cape Verde.