12th CPLP Summit

The Heads of State who comprise the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) have been in meetings since 17th July in Santa Maria, Cape Verde, for the twelfth conference to debate on subjects that affect this community created in 1996.

During the summit, which has also coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the CPLP’s foundation on 17th July, the debates were focused on giving continuity to a new strategic vision with regard to the 2016-2026 period approved in Brasilia.

In the opening session, around eight interventions were made by the Heads of State who comprise the CPLP. This is in regard to the Federative Republic of Brazil, a country that used to hold the presidency of the community; Cape Verde, which holds that responsibilty, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, SAPound o Tome and Principe, and Equatorial Guinea.

The Equatorial Guinean president gave his speech in Portuguese, and highlighted the efforts deployed by his government to include the Portuguese language both in the media and the education system with the aim of being proclaimed as the country’s third official language.

Additionally, the Head of State also mentioned the initiative of the call for the government’s VI Table for National Dialogue, which is taking place from 16th to 21st of this month in which a decree has been enacted that grants amnesty to political leaders on which some sentences are determined with a view of Equatorial Guinea’s first 50 years of independence that will be celebrated on 12th October 2018.

S.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also explained certain positive steps that our nation has taken such as the non-permanent member position in the UN Security Council, in addition to the country’s full legal membership in the CPLP 4 years ago.

Associate nations that do not have Portuguese as their main language also attended the meeting, in addition to member countries to discuss projects regarding development and cooperation.

At the end of the summit, Cape Verde was appointed with the presidency of the community; a responsibility that the Federative Republic of Brazil held over recent years, and during the new country’s term of office, the African island nation has chosen the CPLP motto: People, culture and oceans.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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