For Immediate Release - September 28, 2012

PRESIDENT OF CAPE VERDE WELCOMED TO STATE HOUSE

President of the Republic of Cape Verde
Governor Patrick meets with President of the Republic of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca in the Governor's Office. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office) View additional photos. 

BOSTON – Friday, September 28, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed President of the Republic of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca to the Massachusetts State House. President Fonseca’s visit to Massachusetts is to help raise civic engagement awareness within the Cape Verdean community. President Fonseca was elected in August 2011.

“I am delighted to welcome President Fonseca and his delegation to the State House,” said Governor Patrick. “I look forward to working together with President Fonseca to advance our partnership with Cape Verde in innovation and education.”

Governor Patrick welcomed President Fonseca on the front steps then escorted the President through the front doors of the State House, a tradition usually reserved for visiting heads of state. The Governor then held an official meeting with President Fonseca and his delegation in the Governor's Office. Following the meeting, Governor Patrick presented President Fonseca with an engraved bust of President John F. Kennedy. President Fonseca presented Governor Patrick with a silver tray inscribed with the Cape Verde National Emblem.

Friday’s visit to Massachusetts is one of three stops on President Fonseca’s United States itinerary, which also included stops in Providence, Rhode Island and Newark, New Jersey.

The visit is part of a growing economic relationship between Massachusetts and Cape Verde. In 2011, Massachusetts exported approximately $1.2 million in goods and services to Cape Verde, with more than approximately $570,800 in goods and services importedfrom Cape Verde.

Massachusetts is currently home to approximately 45,000 Cape Verdeans, the largest population of Cape Verdeans in the nation. The Cape Verdean Consulate in Boston is the only other diplomatic office in the United States outside of the Embassy in Washington.

Governor Patrick has focused on advancing Massachusetts’ relationships globally, recently taking delegations of business, academic and government leaders to Brazil, Chile, Israel and the United Kingdom. The meeting with President Fonseca allowed both leaders to promote further collaboration between Cape Verde and Massachusetts innovation sectors and higher education institutions.

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