Luanda – Angola´s President Joao Lourenço on Saturday took over the Presidency of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) for the next two years at a Summit in Luanda that advocated for inclusive and multilateral co-operation.
Angola also called for the establishment of a CPLP investment bank.
Despite difficulties imposed by COVID-19, the organisation’s members attended the meeting in Luanda with high-level delegations, and were joined by representatives of observer countries, regional entities and the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Cabo Verde´s President Jorge Carlos de Almeida praised the bloc’s trajectory in its 25 years of existence, and called for strengthening ties in all areas, taking into account specific support to the less advanced nations.
He also underscored the value of having a common language as a factor of unity, respecting diversity and dialogue among different cultures.
The head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CPLP, Cipriano Cassama, highlighted the need for increased economic, commercial and business ties along; with co-ordinating efforts to fight COVID-19, terrorism, poverty and inequality.
The opening session was also addressed by Namibia´s President Hage Geingob on behalf of observer countries, and by Mr François Loudeceny Fall, as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.
Angola led calls for creating a CPLP investment bank.
“We can be a relevant economic force if we work for this, we have left the challenge of starting to think about the pertinence and feasibility of creating a CPLP investment bank,” President Lourenço said.
The creation of such a bank is in line with the intention to establish a new economic and business pillar, one of the priorities of the Angolan CPLP presidency.Founded on July 17, 1996, the CPLP is composed of Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor and Portugal. – Prensa Latina/Xinhua