Cape Verde and Small Island States in Africa

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Small island states such as Cape Verde face their own distinct challenges, particularly with regard to regional integration efforts in Africa. We spoke with Victor Borges, former Foreign Minister of Cape Verde and 2014 SAIIA Distinguished African Visiting Fellow, about some of these issues.

We asked him:

  • Tell us about Cape Verde and the specific challenges small island states face?
  • From your time as Foreign Minister, what are the lessons you would like to share about regional integration?
  • What do you think about the African Union as it currently stands and how might it be transformed?
  • How is South Africa perceived in West Africa?

26 Aug 2015