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CPLP: Angola wants more focus on economic and business areas during its mandate

The head of the Angolan diplomacy said Friday that Angola will defend, in his mandate, the growth of the economic and business aspects of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), also proposing the revision of the organization's legal instruments.

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In a press conference, Téte António addressed the program of the XIII summit of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP, which will take place in Luanda this week, and highlighted the importance of the economic area as one of the vectors that Angola intends to develop during its presidency of the organization, which has just begun.

The objective is to "also take advantage that the organization is being subject to much interest" from other countries, such as several new associated observers, he explained.

The minister pointed out that the presidents of Portugal (Marcelo de Sousa), Cape Verde, (Jorge Carlos Fonseca), Guinea-Bissau (Umaro Sissoco Embaló), Mozambique (Filipe Nyusi), São Tomé and Príncipe (Evaristo Carvalho) and Equatorial Guinea (Teodoro Obiang), as well as the head of state of Namibia, Hage Geingob, representing the observer states are confirmed.

Brazil will be represented by its Vice President, Hamilton Mourão, and Timor-Leste, by its Vice Prime Minister, José Maria dos Reis.

According to the minister, the prime ministers of Portugal (António Costa), Cape Verde (Ulisses Correia e Silva) and São Tomé and Príncipe (Jorge de Bom Jesus) will also participate in the meeting.

The meeting of the cooperation focal points is scheduled for July 12 and 13, and the meeting of the technical group of the Permanent Coordination Committee of the Council of Ministers is scheduled for July 14.

On July 15th, the meeting of the Permanent Committee will take place, and events are also planned for the margins of the 13th summit, namely the round table on Business Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

On July 16, the 26th ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers is scheduled, and on the following day the 13th conference of heads of state and government will address the issue of strengthening and promoting business economic cooperation, in times of pandemic, for the benefit of sustainable development of countries.

"This theme will animate the debate of the heads of state. Angola will assume the presidency during this period and as you know Angola's great focus as the motto says is on economic cooperation," said the minister.

To close the event, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the CPLP, a cultural activity will be held at the end of the summit, in which groups from all member states will be represented.

The Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister said that besides the theme he proposed, Angola will continue with the organization's traditional themes, such as mobility, whose agreement signing will take place during the summit.

The XIII CPLP Conference of Heads of State and Government, which marks the passage of the rotating presidency of this community of countries from Cape Verde to Angola, will take place in a face-to-face format.

Created 25 years ago, the CPLP currently has nine member states: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea.

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