Cape Verde: Introduction

Cape Verde is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Cape Verde is in Western Africa off the coast of Senegal with a strategic location near major north-south sea routes. The geography of the islands is rugged, rocky and volcanic.  The government system is a republic. The chief of state is the President and the head of government is the Prime Minister. Cape Verde has a market economic system in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system. Cape Verde is a member of the African Union (AU), African Economic Community (AEC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).