Ministers of the Portuguese-speaking countries discuss maritime affairs in Timor-Leste

The ministers of maritime affairs of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) are meeting Wednesday in Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor), at the third meeting to discuss the expansion of the so-called “blue economy” and the conservation and sustainable use of the seas and oceans.

The purpose of the meeting, according to a statement released by the CPLP, is an “appeal to the conscience” of leaders for economic and business cooperation for the “blue economy”, mainly in the areas of fisheries, tourism and exploration of hydrocarbons and other resources.

The statement said the topic under discussion highlighted the concern of cooperation within the CPLP at the bilateral and multilateral level, for environmental protection and preservation with a view to promoting sustainable development in line with Sustainable Development Goals.

The ministers of maritime affairs must approve “important decisions” at this meeting, including an action plan for the implementation of the “CPLP Strategy for the oceans.” (macauhub/TL)