Business Confederation of CPLP calls for greater openness of the Portuguese-speaking community

19 June 2015

The Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (EC-CPLP) has called for greater openness amongst its member states and other countries and regional organisations, and has set out this goal in a strategic plan presented recently in Mozambique.

After visiting Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and Equatorial Guinea, on Wednesday in Maputo the CE-CPLP ended a round of presentations of its strategy for the 2015-2020 period, a plan that the president of the organisation said responds to the “scope challenge” of the community, which should not “close its doors to those who want to invest in its member states.”

According to the president of the association and Mozambican businessman Salimo Abdula, the community should look internally to be more open and inclusive, noting that the project for “free movement of people, goods, capital and services” has yet to be implemented, causing major constraints to investment in the community.

It is in this context, he said, that the current CE-CPLP strategy is based on three areas, namely to improve the business and investment climate, expand access to social and economic infrastructure, such as universities and polytechnics, and also promotion of enterprise development.

Alongside the plan, he said, the CE-CPLP is also focusing on creating organisations that streamline economic activities, such as the Union of CPLP Exporters, its “economic arm” launched a year ago, which currently comprises about 400 organisations, including companies and associations.

Another “tool” of its strategy is the Observatory of Economic and Business Activities of the CPLP, which has already legal and economic information about member states, as well as investment opportunities, on its website.

In addition to Equatorial Guinea, which joined in 2014, the CPLP member states are, Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tome and Príncipe and Timor-Leste (East Timor), and observer members are Georgia, Japan, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal and Turkey. (macauhub/AO/BR/CV/GW/MZ/PT/ST/TL)