Angolan President, Joao Lourenço, Takes Over CPLP Presidency

Angola´s President Joao Lourenço is the new president of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) was founded on July 17, 1996, and it’s currently composed of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome, and Principe, East Timor, and Portugal.

President Joao Lourenço takes over from Cape Verde at a summit meeting in Luanda which advocated for inclusive and multilateral cooperation.

According to the rules of the association, Angola’s pro tempore presidency will be for a period of two years

Despite difficulties imposed by Covid-19, the organization´s members attended the meeting in Luanda with high-level delegations, as well as representatives of observer countries, regional entities, and the United Nations.

The opening session was addressed by Namibia´s President Hage Gottfried Geingob on behalf of observer countries, and by François Loudeceny Fall, as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde´s President Jorge Carlos de Almeida commended the bloc´s trajectory in its 25 years of existence and called for strengthening ties in all areas, taking into account the specific support to the less advanced nations.

The head of State also underscored the value of having a common language as a factor of unity, respecting diversity, and dialogue among different cultures.

Regarding the shared visions, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CPLP, Cipriano Cassama, highlighted the call to increase economic, commercial, and business ties alongside coordinating efforts to fight against Covid-19, terrorism, poverty and inequality.

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