Portuguese-speaking countries meet in Timor-Leste to discuss trade

12 February 2016

The capital of Timor-Leste (East Timor), Dili, is this month due to host the second meeting of trade ministers and the first Global Economic Forum of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), the organisation announced.

One of the main themes of the meeting of ministers, taking place from 21 to 24 February and whose programme was presentedThursday is related to the preparation of “a concept of strategic and conceptual action” for development of trade and investment in the CPLP.

This meeting, which will also take stock of implementation of measures agreed at the first meeting in Luanda in May 2012, is part of the efforts of Timor-Leste’s presidency of the CPLP to foster trade relations between the member countries.

One of the aims of this meeting is greater internationalisation of CPLP companies and, in the case of Timor-Leste, making the country a bridge for the Asia and Pacific markets, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The first CPLP Global Economic Forum is due to be held from 25 to 27 February and according to the organisers hundreds of participants from over 20 countries have already registered.

This meeting is supported by the CPLP, the Business Confederation of the CPLP (CE-CPLP) and the CPLP Exporters Union (UE-CPLP) and will promote Timor-Leste as a “platform for development.” (macauhub/AO/BR/CV/GW/MZ/PT/ST/TL)