Lusophone bloc meets in Lisbon to approve cooperation plan

25 July 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 25 July – The member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) have begun a meeting in Lisbon to approve the Indicative Cooperation Plan (PIC) from 2007 to 2009, officials said.

CPLP chief Luis Fonseca, speaking Tuesday at the start of the two-day encounter, said the highlight of the encounter was the presence of Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius for the “first time” at a meeting of the organization.

The two states were granted observer status during the CPLP’s last summit in Guinea-Bissau in 2006.

“The importance of this meeting is the approval of the PIC, resulting from decisions taken by heads of state at the Bissau meeting,” said Fonseca.

The PIC applies to education, health, agriculture, sustainability of societies and the creation of partnerships for development.

The CPLP binds eight states: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Portugal and Timor. (macauhub)