CPLP: Summit to underscore Sao Tome’s focus on youth, sustainability


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The 14th summit of the Community of Portuguese-Language Countries (CPLP) marks on Sunday the passing of the baton from the Angolan presidency to Sao Tome and Príncipe, which has chosen youth and sustainability as its political priorities.

At a time when the countries are beginning to feel the effects of the mobility agreement – which facilitates national visas and began in January this year – and after Angola’s commitment to the economic pillar, it is Sao Tome’s turn to bring youth policies and the fight against climate change into the organisation’s focus.

With a total of seven heads of state and three prime ministers present – only Mozambique and Timor-Leste are not represented at the highest level – the summit will approve Paraguay’s entry as an associated observer country and will choose who will hold the next presidency.

So far, only Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau have shown their willingness to host the CPLP presidency.

For the Malabo government, this would be the conclusion of a process of integration into the community that it considers to have been effective and adequate, despite the fact that several analysts insist on the problems of human rights and the lack of democracy.

Portugal will be represented by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Prime Minister António Costa, and the minister for foreign affairs, João Gomes Cravto these eventsinho.

The summit also sees Brazil’s return to these events through its president, a sign of the commitment to diplomacy of the current head of state, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will only arrive in Sao Tome via Luanda on Sunday.

The solemn opening session, with the participation of associated observers and other guests, is scheduled for 10:15 local time (one hour less in Lisbon), with a brief speech by Sao Tome’s president, Carlos Vila Nova, and a speech by Angola’s head of state, João Lourenço, taking stock of the Angolan presidency.

Throughout the morning’s proceedings, at various times behind closed doors, Sao Tome’s government will present the priorities of its presidency and the current executive secretary of the CPLP, Zacarias da Costa, is due to be re-elected.

The José Aparecido de Oliveira Award will be presented to João Lourenço by the Sao Tomean presidency, who will conclude the work with a speech and press conference.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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