Angola hosts 13th Summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries

Angola hosts the 13th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), to be held in 2020, following a decision made at this year’s meeting on the island of Sal, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), which elected Portuguese ambassador Francisco Ribeiro Teles as the institution’s new executive secretary, according to the local press.

The proposal for Angola to host the next CPLP Summit was unanimously approved by the Member States.

The new Executive Secretary, who will take on the role in January 2019 for the 2019-2020 biennium, said in his acceptance speech that he was committed to working towards affirming the values and objectives of the CPLP.

On the second day of the 12th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) on the island of Sal, the CPLP associate observer status was also approved for countries including Chile, Serbia, Argentina, Italy, Andorra, France and Luxembourg and the organisation of the Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture, in the category of associate advisors to the CPLP.

The Summit was also the stage for the signing of a package of financial support for Portuguese Speaking African Countries (PALOP), a “unique initiative” of the African Development Bank (ADB), signed by the chairman of the bank, with its headquarters in Abidjan, and the executive secretary of the CPLP, Maria do Carmo Silveira.

The CPLP was created on 17 July 1996 in Lisbon by seven states: Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe. In 2002, following its independence, Timor-Leste became the eighth Member State.

Equatorial Guinea was admitted as a member of the organisation in 2014, during a summit held in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. (macauhub)