Cape Verde - Atlantis in the Atlantic

Strategic Commerce International, LLC, is an international corporate portal, an organization for integrating information, people, products, services, and, international trade processes, across multinational boundaries.

SCI management provides a secure unified access point, in the form of strategic locations designed to collect information through strategic-specific trade opportunities. SCI also assists in the related development of humanitarian aid. It therefore encompasses governance, healthcare, education, gender equality, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, human rights, environment and private/public sector issues associated with these.
                                                           COMERCIO ESTRATÉGICO INTERNACIONAL, LLC.
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International Trade is once again one of the hottest industries of the new millennium. Trade exists because one group or country has a supply of some commodity, merchandise or service that is in demand by another. And as the world becomes more and more technologically flat and advanced, as we shift in subtle and not so subtle ways toward a one-world economy of thought, international trade becomes more and more rewarding, both in terms of profit and personal satisfaction.

Having traveled to over 40 different countries during my career and establishing business contacts in - Japan, Egypt, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Namibia, Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South, and North Korea, Greece, Panama, and even Cape Verde, mostly with the United Nations World Food Program, I had the opportunity to build and expand TbC International, an import/export management company established in the 90's. Making face to face contact, with proper due diligence practices is 90% of successful international business.

I'd like you to consider that International Commerce is not just for those lone footloose adventurer types who survive by their wits and the skin of their teeth. It's big business these days - to the tune of an annual $1.2 trillion in goods, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In one year alone, American companies exported $772 billion in merchandise to more than 150 foreign countries. Everything from beverages to toilet paper and a staggering list of other products you might never imagine as global merchandise is fair game for SCI. And these products are bought, sold, represented and distributed somewhere in the world on a daily basis. (Where will SCI decide to import/export, deliver, distribute, sell - that’s the main question)? Now think of the Republic of Cape Verde! What is it becoming?

The import/export field is not the sole purview of the conglomerate corporate trader, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the big guys make up only about 4 percent of all exporters. This means that the other 96 percent of exporters and importers - the lion's share are small outfits like SCI.

This is a controlled growth endeavor! We estimate that putting all the components together before any market penetration can be made will be approximately one year.

Please read on and enjoy, I hope to see you soon so that we may discuss your envolement with SCI.


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Dear Friends,

Cape Verde has made huge strides forward in a development process marked by outstanding achievements, as attested by a wide range of indicators in the economic, financial, social, institutional, infrastructural, environmental, and other areas.

Another significant mark of the progress the country has made is the expanding role of the private sector and market mechanisms in the thrust toward development, with emphasis on tourism and foreign direct investment.

Although the government no longer plays a dominant role in the economic functioning of Cape Verde, it performs—and will have to continue performing—a key role, especially as regulator and as promoter of the country’s development strategy.

The framework for this action by the government has been a process of strategic and participatory discussions, reflected in reference documents describing the Government Program, the Major Planning Options, the National Development Plan, and, more recently, the Transformation Strategy and the Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy Paper (GPRSP), focusing on economic growth, poverty reduction, and resource mobilization with the country’s development partners, in close coordination with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Trade Winds 2015 mission to Cape Verde will create a golden opportunity to promote and strengthen one of the world’s most important strategic global locations. Cape Verde, with its centralized global location is entering a new era marked by one of the most dynamic and transformative changes of this century for a developing country that I believe will even give the Canary Islands a run for its money in the area of turisism.

A few years ago the government earmarked 4 islands for tourist development, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio and Santiago. Major developments are already underway on these islands and they are proving to be popular with British, Irish, Scandinavian, and Chinese investors who will be expecting an excellent capital growth in the near future. However, other islands in Cape Verde are starting to develop tourist areas as well and the most exciting new projects to be found over the next few years are in Santo Antao and Sao Vincente.

The government is keen for overseas investors to fund the growth and development of the visitor accommodation and hotels sector. Tourism numbers to Cape Verde are increasing and according to the latest official statistics, tourist arrivals continue growing at a fast rate and it is projected that Cape Verde will reach the benchmark of 1 million tourists annually by 2015. Currently it is approximately 250,000.

In time as the Cape Verde Islands become better known and the tourism infrastructure continues to develop, prices of both property and land will rise accordingly. Now is the time for SCI to enter this emerging market before it becomes established. Cape Verde's new confidence and dimension in its economic posture, as well as in its ties within the region and in the world, is becoming unprecedented.

The Cape Verde government welcomes foreign investors knowing that it will boost economic growth through job creation and capital investment. Recent legislation has allowed foreign investors to own land outright and gives long tax holidays and reductions to tourism businesses. Other incentives allow all net revenues to be transferred out of the country and residency for business owners. The National Development Plan has allowed the tourism infrastructure to be developed and its legacy includes new roads, up rated electricity supplies, water desalination plants for improved water supply and the building of new international airports.

Our goal is all about the “global connection,” connecting with people with common business interests to establish and reaffirm relationships in a part of the world where personal contacts are very important. Like I have stated "It's a lot easier to meet people from other nations in Cape Verde than it is here in the United States".

I am confident that with each trip we make, the roster of international companies, trade representative and investors interested in Cape Verde—or in attracting investment to Cape Verde—will increase dramatically. This is where Strategic Commerce International, LLC., will play an important role: to open doors to more opportunities and to bring all these groups and interests together towards reaching our set goals and objectives—what we do best.

The pros­pect’s are promising, and the sheer size and growth potential are profound and truly amazing. As we become one of the harbingers of prosperity and growth in Cape Verde along with this modern-day “world is flat global economy” we can look ahead to every milestone we have set ourselves to achieve. I know we will discover that a major path to SCI's bright future runs through The Republic of Cape Verde.

Trade Winds 2015 mission will be designed to extend friendship, establish strategic connections, strength­en existing relations, promote American products and services, explore opportunities for joint ventures, and source potential suppliers.

Trade Winds 2015 to one of the world’s fastest-growing Sub-Saharian African nations, will open doors to high-level networking opportunities and exchange new ideas with international business leaders. It will provide SCI with new access and comprehensive insight into the dynamic international market—including its scale, diversity and potential. Consequently, Cape Verde can be viewed as an essential gateway to lucrative opportunities—a portal that will launch, enhance and expand the reach of Strategic Commerce International, LLC., into the global arena.

More importantly this mission will also focus on the needs of the Cape Verde people. By conducting a feasibility study in order to establish SCI's gateway towards meeting its mandate stated in its mission statement.

"SCI also assists in the related developments of humanitarian aid. It therefore encompasses governance, health care, education, gender equality, disaster preparedness, infrastructure, economics, human rights, environment and private sector issues associated with these".

The essence of formulating our strategy will be by relating SCI to its environment. Although the relevant “global” environment is very broad, encompassing social as well as economic forces is the key aspiration for SCI - to market or markets in which we will compete. Market structure has a strong influence in determining the competitive rules of the game as well as the strategies potentially available to SCI. The forces outside are significant primarily in a relative sense; since outside forces will affect SCI in the global marketplace, the key to our success will be found in the differing abilities of SCI to deal with them.

For me this is not only a venture based on business or economics, but one that is filled with a deep desire to return to a land and a culture that has inspired, nurtured, loved, and educated me though my family and friends native to Cape Verde. A land that I have always had a strong attractiveness to return. It must have been the songs of my childhood - Morna. Even as I contemplate and look further into my soul – is it the Lusiads?, Which manages to communicate both the spirit of exotic adventure and profound responsibility accented by homesickness – that is, a unique sadness common to sailors - that we call Saudade.

As you navigate though this website you will notice that many hooks have been placed into an ocean of opportunity. And that some text may be duplicated ----

So let us move forward by matching intention with impact!

Read on and let us travel together and build Strategic Commerce International, LLC &
Cape Verde 1st.
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                                                                                                                                            Vincent C. DaSilva
                                                                              Cape Verde Stategic Studies Group

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  • US Cape Verdean History
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