For Téte António, acting chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), the economic pillar is a very important element for Angola's rotating presidency.
To this end, "it is necessary to look first at the organization's regulatory framework, that is what we have done until then, so it is necessary to review the statutes of the organization itself and these are decisions that we have taken here", he explained.
The diplomat was speaking this Monday, at a press conference, at the end of the 16th Meeting of the CPLP Council of Ministers, which brought together this Monday, in the Angolan capital, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs of the Member States.
The meeting approved some resolutions, among them on the creation of the directorate for economic and business affairs in the CPLP executive secretariat. "And the resolution we have taken is also to adjust the secretariat itself, so that we are in a position to implement the decisions we have taken regarding the economic pillar, that is, with the creation of a direction within the executive secretariat", he noted.
An Angolan staff will preside over the said board for its first three years, and the finance and planning sectors, he argued, "have been working to implement the other aspects that were proposed within the framework of this pillar".
"Therefore, this is the result of this meeting and we will continue to work so that, in business practice, the most important thing is the flow of business between our countries, I think the objective is to have that impact on our economies and on our daily lives ", concluded Téte António.
The importance of implementing the economic aspect in the CPLP statutes was also highlighted by the organization's executive secretary, Zacarias da Costa, considering that he should "leverage" the economic growth that the Member States pursue.
"There is a survey that experts from Member States are carrying out in relation to financial instruments that may in the future provide concrete support for our companies", he pointed out.
Téte António also spoke about Gabon's intention to join the community, noting that there has been, in recent times, "a great interest in terms of countries that have presented their candidacies for associate observer of our CPLP".
"And what we are doing, in the face of this growing interest that we welcome, is to organize ourselves, hence the revision of the associate observer member status, but certainly Gabon is a country that is welcome like so many other countries that also presented a candidacy for this same quality", he pointed out.
The also Minister of Foreign Affairs guided the work of this meeting, as acting President of the CPLP Council of Ministers, which took place under the motto "The Role of the Seas and Oceans in the International Projection of the CPLP".
The CPLP comprises Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor.