Cape Verde Leader to Speak at Boston University

Contact: Kevin Carleton, 617/353-2240 |

Boston, MA — President Pedro Pires of the Republic of Cape Verde will speak at a breakfast meeting of Boston-area business and education leaders from the local and Cape Verdean communities Wednesday, July 3. The event, which will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m., is being sponsored by BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center and will be hosted by the Center’s director, Ambassador Charles Stith.

President Pires was a leader in the movement that achieved independence for Cape Verde from Portugal on July 5, 1975. On July 6, 1975 he became Cape Verde’s first prime minister, a position he held for three mandates. In 1991, he led the movement to introduce multi-party elections. Although his party lost the election, the transition to the new government was peaceful, and Pires served as an opposition member of Parliament and as head of his party. After his party won the 2000 election, he stepped down from his leadership position to run for the non-partisan position of president. He is now serving a five-year term as the third president of Cape Verde. Cape Verdean immigrants make up a sizeable portion of the population of southern New England. There are as many people of Cape Verdean ancestry living outside the country as there are within it.

President Pires will be available for brief interviews at BU, and later in the day, between 3 and 4 p.m., at the State House. EVENT: President Pedro Pires, Cape Verde, to Speak at

BU DATE: Wednesday, July 3, 2002 TIME: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

PLACE: Boston University School of Management 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 4th floor