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The 8th Parliamentary Assembly of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (AP-CPLP) begins today in the city of Praia, capital of Cape Verde, with mobility and a statement on the fight against violence on women and girls on the agenda.
The 8th AP-CPLP will be attended by delegations from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe, and will be held today and Friday at the Cape Verdean National Assembly. Due to internal political reasons, Timor-Leste will not be in attendance.
Cape Verde National Assembly President Jorge Santos, who is preparing to take the head of the AP-CPLP, succeeding Brazilian Rodrigo Maia, revealed that more than 120 parliamentarians have been confirmed for the meeting, which will take place in the city of Praia.
For Jorge Santos, this will be an “important” and “turnaround” Parliamentary Assembly, because “what we want is a relaunch” of the AP-CPLP.
“It is a moment to present a plan of action that aims at two major objectives. Firstly, mobility: we want to re-launch the whole debate in terms of the Portuguese-speaking citizen. And, secondly, strengthening cooperation and relations between the different national parliaments, with a view to legislative convergence,” he said.
The meeting will start with a performance by singer Cremilda Medina who will interpret two ‘mornas’ in support of the genre’s candidacy for Intangible Heritage of Humanity status.
The President of the National Assembly of Cape Verde, Jorge Santos; the outgoing president of AP-CPLP, Rodrigo Maia; the Executive Secretary of the CPLP, Francisco Ribeiro Telles, and the President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, will be the first to speak.
Following them, the address of the president of the AP-CPLP will be heard and the plenary session will commence.
At the same time, the meetings of the three standing committees – of Policy, Strategy, Legislation, Citizenship and Circulation; of Economy, Environment and Cooperation; and of Language, Education, Science and Culture take get underway, and will elect office holders and analyse deliberations.
On Friday, work will be resumed with a plenary session and consideration of the approval of deliberations, including the composition of standing committees and a statement outlawing all forms of violence against women and girls.
On Friday the country that will host the next meeting of the AP-CPLP will also be chosen and the plan of activities for the 2019-2020 mandate discussed and approved.
The final declaration of the VIII AP-CPLP will be presented at the closing session.Source: Lusa