Selling to the Government
Government contracting opportunities are advertised on the Ministry of Finance’s website, in local newspapers, and sometimes in international newspapers. Contractual bid information can also be obtained directly through the relevant ministry. Bids are subject to competitive and transparent international guidelines.
U.S. companies bidding on Cabo Verdean government tenders may also qualify for U.S. government advocacy. A unit of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, the Advocacy Center, coordinates U.S. government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public sector contracts with international governments and government agencies. The Advocacy Center works closely with our network of the U.S. Commercial Service worldwide and inter-agency partners to ensure that exporters of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of winning government contracts. Advocacy assistance can take many forms but often involves the U.S. embassy or other U.S. government agencies expressing support for the U.S. bidders directly to the Cabo Verdean government. Consult Advocacy for Foreign Government Contracts for additional information.
Financing of Projects
The World Bank and the African Development Bank have funded infrastructure projects in Cabo Verde, including roads, port rehabilitation, and technology parks. These entities have also supported important policy reforms, such as in privatization, education, and state finances.
Multilateral Development Banks and Financing Government Sales: Price, payment terms, and financing can be a significant factor in winning a government contract. Many governments finance public works projects through borrowing from the Multilateral Development Banks (MDB). A helpful guide for working with MDBs is the Guide to Doing Business with the Multilateral Development Banks.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has a Foreign Commercial Service Officer stationed at each of the five different MDBs: the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. Learn more by contacting the:
- Commercial Liaison Office to the African Development Bank
- Commercial Liaison Office to the World Bank.