The agreement will facilitate the movement of people in Portuguese-speaking countries


The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) has concluded a mobility agreement which promises to facilitate the granting of visas and residence permits as well as the movement of people within the countries of the Community. The agreement was signed on Saturday (17), at the end of the 13th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, held in Luanda, the capital of Angola. .

Vice President of the Republic Hamilton Mourao led the Brazilian delegation to the event. Besides Mourao, the delegation includes Foreign Minister Carlos Franca, Strategic Affairs Minister Flavio Rocha and President of the Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex Brasil) Augusto Pestana.

In a note on the agreement signed in Luanda, Itamaraty said that “once in force, the instrument will facilitate the movement of citizens between the countries of the group, allowing a gradual intensity of mobility in the CPLP space, covering 270 million people “. .

Also according to Itamaraty, discussions at the meeting focused on the need to increase economic and trade flows between member states of the community, whose current trade is around $ 13 billion. Together, the CPLP countries are the world’s fourth largest oil producer.

During the meeting, whose theme was to build and promote a common and sustainable future, it was determined that Angola would assume the presidency of the CPLP for the next two years. The member countries of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries also expressed their concern at the increase in hunger and “various forms of malnutrition in the world”, and welcomed the convening of the United Nations Summit on Food Systems 2021, which will be held from the 26th to the 28th of this month, in Rome.

Founded in 1996 on a common linguistic basis, the CPLP currently has nine member states: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.

Brazil is the largest CPLP country in terms of population, territory and GDP (gross domestic product, which is the sum of the goods and services produced by a country).

Last year, Brazil’s exports to other countries in the community reached the level of US $ 2 billion.


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