Introduced By: Representatives Castro, Metts, Lopes, Fox and Moura
Date Introduced : February 12, 1998
WHEREAS, While always being aware and sensitive to another people's cultural way of life, and striving to never interfere in the social patterns of that society, a mutually respectful exchange of ideas and commerce can only forge stronger bonds of understanding and respect between international friends; and
WHEREAS, This proposal has already gathered broad support from Rhode Island's local, state and federal leaders due to the mutual economic and cultural benefits such an arrangement would bring to all parties; and
WHEREAS, The state relationship can only foster greater cultural, religious and economic empathy between our two peoples, not only at government levels, but amongst citizens, organizations and institutions of every kind. The Cape Verdean people's dream of expanding the boundaries of comprehension between the peoples of Cape Verde and Rhode Island should indeed be realized; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations hereby respectfully calls upon the governments of Cape Verde, the United States of America and the State of Rhode Island to form a state relationship between Rhode Island and the Republic of Cape Verde to engender mutually advantageous economic opportunities and greater cultural and religious understanding; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, to the Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Carlos Veiga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde.