Lusophone and Francophone business councils ink partnership accord

30 December 2005

Lisbon, 30 Dec – Business councils representing the Portuguese and French-speaking worlds have established a partnership to support joint projects supporting firms in the two blocs, officials have said.

Heads of business councils from the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) and the International Francophonie signed the accord earlier this month in Paris, officials announced this week.

The agreement between the eight-nation CPLP and 55-member Francophone organization aims to identify and monitor sector projects and promote interchange between the business worlds in both blocs.

A source in the CPLP Business Council told Macauhub that a similar accord is being prepared with the British Commonwealth.

The Lisbon-headquartered CPLP set up its business council in 2004 to forge closer links between businesses in its member states: Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Timor-Leste. (macauhub)