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PGR of Angola and Cape Verde want to strengthen cooperation with “concrete things”

The attorney generals of Cape Verde and Angola this Thursday, in Praia, expressed their willingness to strengthen cooperation, with "concrete things" in the fight against economic and financial crimes and training, in a bilateral agreement to be signed in December.


The intention was expressed by the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) of Cape Verde, Luís Landim, and by his counterpart, Hélder Pitta Gróz, who ended an official visit to the archipelago, where the commitment for the two institutions to sign in December, in Luanda. , a bilateral cooperation agreement.

According to the PGR, the country already has "excellent relations" with Cape Verde, with joint participation in various international activities and with "quite informal cooperation", but they decided to conclude a protocol to define areas to work together.

Among these areas, he pointed out the fight against economic and financial crimes, such as corruption and money laundering, but also the common interests of the population, training or human rights.

"We are going to reinforce cooperation and then do concrete things, instead of being that one-off cooperation, but having a concrete program of activities that can be feasible, both here in Cape Verde and in Angola", he projected.

Cape Verde's PGR recalled that the two countries have had bilateral conventions for a long time, but now they want to detail and be more practical.

"That's why this visit was at the right time and the advantages will be evident", said Luís Landim, for whom the two countries also want to bet more on South-South cooperation.

"Because we have capabilities, we have means, but sometimes they are not so well exploited to bear the fruits we want, and we believe that it is one of the steps that will allow us to reach this point", continued the Cape Verdean magistrate, pointing to other solutions that the country can "take advantage of" in Angola, namely the Judicial Training Centre, where many judges from the archipelago have passed.

Landim indicated that training will be "reinforced a lot, especially the training of judges and court officials", noting that Cape Verde already has some protocols with other Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Portugal and Brazil.

For the Angolan PGR, the two countries can make a contribution to improving the justice sector in the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP), but drew attention to the issue of legislation, which, although open in nature, should not neglect the realities of these countries.

"Sometimes we go for models that are not very consistent with our reality, with our countries. So, we always have to take into account the reality of our countries, the way of doing and being, but not forgetting that there is another type of action that has another level of development, but we always take into account our reality. I think that for an effective Justice in our countries we must start from this principle", he suggested.

Another issue that, according to Hélder Pitta Gróz, will force "reflection" in Angola is the fact that he found that in Cape Verde the president of the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) is not president of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSMJ), contrary to to Angola.

"It helped us to see this working power, to be able to question the advantages and disadvantages, and force us to reflect on this model", said the same source, who classified the visit to Cape Verde as "quite positive".

The delegation held courtesy meetings with heads of justice administration bodies, such as the STJ, Ministry of Justice and CSMJ, participated in the solemn commemoration of the 152nd anniversary of the creation of the Police Corps of Cape Verde, currently the National Police, and visited the former Tarrafal de Santiago concentration camp.

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