Entrepreneurs want CPLP to focus more attention on the economy

Entrepreneurs want the subject of the economy to become a greater focus within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and allow them to take up room as economic leaders, the president of the CPLP Business Confederation (CE-CPLP) Jorge Carlos Fonseca, said during a hearing granted by the President of Cabo Verde.

Salimo Abdula said at the end of the audience that businesspeople think the time has come for the economy to be the focus of more attention, after more than 20 years in which the CPLP has focused on consolidation of culture and language, according to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.

“We have something in common that is the economic factor, the language, and communication that we want to capitalise on,” adding that, “what we lack is political courage, because entrepreneurs already have this mature vision, and we expect politicians to open up the highways, and the entrepreneurs will do the rest.”

Abdula said he expects concrete decisions to be taken at the summit with regard to the mobility of people, “as the Confederation has already put forward a proposal to open up the PALOP (Portuguese-speaking African Countries) space, at least while the question of Portugal in relation to the European Union is not resolved.”

The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP, taking place in the capital of Cabo Verde, has as its central theme “Culture, people and oceans.”

The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) comprises Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste (East Timor).

In addition to the members, the organisation has associated observer countries including Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, Turkey and Uruguay. (macauhub)