Cape Verdean Prime Minister Honored By Boston City Councillor Charles Yancey

Councillor Yancey & Cape Verde Prime MinisterThe Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde, José Maria Pereira Neves, was honored by Boston City Councillor Charles Calvin Yancey during the prime minister’s visit to the city of Boston (United States of America) on March 31, 2013. The visit took place at the Dorchester House in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Prime Minister Neves was elected President of the “Partido Africano da Independência de Cabo Verde, (African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde) –PAICV in June 2000. His party was victorious at the legislative elections of January 14, 2001. Mr. Neves who was previously the mayor of the District of Santa Catarina has served as Cape Verde’s Prime Minister since February 1, 2001.

Councillor Charles C. Yancey commended Prime Minister Neves’ leadership, which has led to major improvements in the nation’s economic, health services, social security and educational systems, as well as in tangible infrastructures like roads, airports and major ports.

Prime Minister Neves’ Government has been commended by the International Monetary Fund for its success in overcoming Cape Verde’s financial crisis.

Speaking through an interpreter, Prime Minister Neves said that although Cape Verde does not have the oil, gold and diamonds found in other nations, its most precious gems are its people. “Our people are our greatest richness,” he said.

Prime Minister Neves also commended Councillor Yancey for promoting the integration of the Cape Verdean community in the City of Boston.

It should be noted that Councillor Charles Calvin Yancey is a renowned member of the Boston City Council and a passionate promoter of African affairs and an advocate for equal rights for all people. He is currently the Dean of the Boston City Council, serving longer than any current member of the body. The Boston City Council is the legislative branch of government for the city of Boston. Councillor Yancey represents Mattapan and parts of Dorchester.

He served as City Council president in 2001 and was also the second African American to hold this position. Councillor Yancey alongside his wife Marzetta Yancey, are founders of the Charles Yancey Book Fair since 1987. In 26 years, more than 450,000 books have been distributed to over 18,000 children and families.