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Angola: Parliament approves mobility between CPLP countries

The Angolan parliament unanimously approved the draft resolution approving the agreement on mobility between the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)member states on Friday.

The draft resolution passed with 156 votes in favour during the second ordinary plenary meeting of the fifth legislative session of the fourth term of the Angolan parliament.

Members of parliament and members of the Angolan government, present today in parliament, noted the importance of the instrument for facilitating mobility and the circulation of people, goods and services in the CPLP’s geographic space.

The Angolan secretary of state for foreign relations, Domingos Custódio Vieira Lopes, who presented the law in the plenary, said this was an agreement that “provides an enabling environment of opportunities and benefits in favour of the respective countries.

Mobility within the CPLP “is an old aspiration of the member states and is an essential instrument for deepening the sense of belonging and strengthening community identity,” he stressed.

The Agreement on Mobility between Member States of the CPLP was signed on 17 July 2021, in Luanda, during the 13th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP.

Domingos Custódio Vieira Lopes recalled that the instrument of the Lusophone bloc “covers all citizens of the CPLP and guarantees the existence of a minimum level of mobility in the community space.”

“However, the mechanism adopted for this purpose must take into consideration the specificities of each country in the most varied areas, namely institutional and regional insertion. In certain specific cases, states may restrict or condition this mobility for reasons of national security, public health or public order”, he highlighted.

According to the minister, the Republic of Angola, by ratifying this agreement, “materialises the commitment assumed as a member state of the CPLP to contribute to the establishment of a legal framework that will provide a set of practical modalities that aim to facilitate mobility in the community space.

The parliament also noted the relevance of the agreement, already ratified by Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea-Bissau, Brazil, Mozambique and Cabo Verde, considering it reasonable for the community.

In the opinion of Alcides Sakala, also a specialist in international relations, the establishment of the agreement “is a timely decision that will enable the building of bridges between nations and peoples with their own cultures and identity values.

João Pinto, a member of parliament from the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA, in power since 1975), also noted the importance of the agreement, considering “we are facing a moment that Angola cannot ignore.

“Because, when we talk about cooperation, one should always take into account the assumptions that gave birth to this community that seeks to reconcile and bring together peoples from different continents,” he pointed out.

The unanimity of deputies in approving the agreement was also underlined by Domingos Custódio Vieira Lopes, recalling that several countries have already deposited their ratifications with the executive secretariat of the CPLP.

Angola and Portugal “have already signed a visa facilitation agreement. Therefore, we have already taken a concrete step for this instrument to respond to what is intended effectively,” the minister also noted.

Angola currently holds the rotating presidency of the CPLP.

Original story on Lusa

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