Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius apply for observer status in CPLP

14 July 2006

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 14 July – Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius have made an official request to be granted observer status in the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), the executive-secretary of the organization said in Bissau Thursday.

In a press conference on the results of the 13th Meeting of Focoal cooperation Points of the CPLP, which was held over two days, Luís Fonseca said that there were other countries and organisations that had made the same request, an issue that was due to be debated at the 6th Summit of Heads of State and Government, to be held Monday.

Widening the Portuguese-speaking organization to other non-Portuguese-speaking states and several international organizations is part of the strategy that the 6th Summit of the CPLP plans to develop, particularly in terms of boosting the responsibilities of its executive-secretary in requesting financing for projects for countries within the organization.

This point was focused on at the press conference by João Soares da Gama, as being “a focal point for cooperation,“ for Guinea Bissau, and added that this strategy was part of a more wide-ranging Project, the Indicative Regional Program for African Countries with Portuguese as an Official Language (PIR/PALOP).

This document was drawn up by the CPLP board taking into account the Millennium Development Objectives (reduction of poverty in the world by half by 2015) and the need to define multi-annual programs.

All recommendations and resolution proposals will now be sent to the 94th Ordinary Meeting of the Permanent Coordination Committee, to be held Saturday in Bissau, a meeting which will precede the 6th Cabinet Meeting scheduled for Monday.

All documents approved will then be sent on to the 6th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP, which will be attended by delegations from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor. (macauhub)