Young Portuguese-speaking entrepreneurs want to set up a confederation

20 November 2014

Associations of young entrepreneurs of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) approved a proposal to create a confederation to foster business and overcome existing constraints, said the president of the Association of Young Cape Verdean Entrepreneurs (AJEC).

Paulino Dias said that, besides the confederation, four other proposals were approved to be presented to the governments of the nine member states of the CPLP – Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste.

The meeting also came up with a proposal to introduce facilities in granting visas to young entrepreneurs from duly accredited associations, “for better circulation within the CPLP” through mechanisms that can be refined at a later date.

The fourth proposal was approval of the “urgent” creation, within the foreign ministries of the member states of the CPLP, of a unit that collects, organises, analyses and publicises business opportunities, rules and procedures for accessing markets and their funding schemes.

The last proposal is the creation of mechanisms for private sector access, “with special focus on micro and small businesses” within the CPLP.

The event was sponsored by AJEC and was attended by associations of young entrepreneurs from Angola (Prestige), Brazil (Conaje), Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique (Anjem), Portugal (ANJE), Sao Tome and Principe (AJESTP) and Timor-Leste (ANJET). ({macauhub/AO/BR/GW/MZ/PT/ST/TL)