Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP)

Comunidade dos Países de Lingua Portuguesa

Established: By statutes signed July 17, 1996, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Purpose: To promote “concerted political and diplomatic action” between sovereign and equal member states in the international arena; to assist cooperation, “particularly in the economic, social, cultural, juridical, technical, and scientific fields”; to implement projects “for the promotion and diffusion of the Portuguese language.”

Headquarters: Lisbon, Portugal.

Principal Organs: Conference of Heads of State and Government, Council of Ministers, Standing Committee of Ambassadors, Executive Secretariat.

Web site: (Mostly in Portuguese, with limited English material.)

Executive Secretary: Luís de Matos Monteiro da Fonseca (Cape Verde).

Membership (8): Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Principe, Timor-Leste.

Official Language: Portuguese.

Origin and development. The idea of creating a grouping of Portuguese-speaking countries, in emulation of the ...

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