Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) “will do everything” it can to ensure that the full mobility of citizens within the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) space is guaranteed “as soon as possible,” said the Cape Verdean President.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca made the remarks when he presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Honorary President, President of the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CE-CPLP) and Associated Entities Elected for the 2018-2020 term, on Tuesday in Praia.
The head of the Cape Verdean state said that the CPLP, whose presidency has now been taken on by Cabo Verde, has taken “positive and constructive steps” in several sectors, registering “some momentum” with the exchange of young people, cultural agents and trade unions.
However, he stressed the need to give a “new impetus” for the community to be more visible, especially by public opinion of the various countries, not as an arena for politicians but as a community of peoples, according to to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.
In order to achieve this objective “as soon as possible,” Fonseca noted that Cabo Verde, which holds the presidency of the CPLP, will have to rely on the cooperation of the government, the executive secretary of the CPLP and the Business Confederation of the community .
Jorge Lima Spencer, president of the Sotavento Chamber of Commerce, said that this is “the right moment” to make the CPLP an economic community, highlighting mobility as a “cornerstone” for consolidating it.
Lima Spencer added that the time has come for the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries to make the leap to become not only a political organisation but also an economic community, so that entrepreneurs can do business in the Portuguese language. (macauhub)