The bank has achieved much in recent years. Inflation is coming down and is below 5 percent. Interest rates are lower too. Foreign exchange reserves have never been higher, and gross domestic product (GDP) growth has averaged between 7 percent and 8 percent over the last three years.
And yet foreign direct investment (FDI) lags. Last year the government had hoped for some US $ 2 billion (£ 1.2 billion) in FDI. It got US $ 1.3 billion.
That is why Cabraal is on a mission to market the country to international investors.
On a recent trip to London, accompanied by a delegation of officials and business representatives, he was prepared for questions on human rights to come up.
They nearly always do, but he played it down: “There are a few who have asked the question - but not all. And every time they have asked the question we have explained to them in detail what is taking place and they have been satisfied with our answers.”