PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ON BEHALF OF ALL OBSERVER COUNTRIES ASSOCIATED TO CPLP

Your Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and Incoming Chairperson of the CPLP, Your Excellency Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Your Excellency Cipriano Cassamá, Speaker of the CPLP Parliamentary Assembly, Your Excellencies Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, allow me to congratulate the Republic of Angola for hosting the 13th Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Summit, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Organisation. Namibia is pleased to have been invited to this noteworthy event, alongside all the Associate Observer States, on whose behalf I am making this statement.

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA  ON BEHALF OF ALL OBSERVER COUNTRIES ASSOCIATED TO CPLP
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA  ON BEHALF OF ALL OBSERVER COUNTRIES ASSOCIATED TO CPLP

STATEMENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE 13TH CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMUNITY OF PORTUGUESE SPEAKING COUNTRIES BY H.E. Dr Hage G. Geingob

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ON BEHALF OF ALL OBSERVER COUNTRIES ASSOCIATED TO CPLP

Your Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and Incoming Chairperson of the CPLP, Your Excellency Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Your Excellency Cipriano Cassamá, Speaker of the CPLP Parliamentary Assembly, Your Excellencies Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, allow me to congratulate the Republic of Angola for hosting the 13th Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Summit, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Organisation.

Namibia is pleased to have been invited to this noteworthy event, alongside all the Associate Observer States, on whose behalf I am making this statement.

We are here to participate as an Observer State because we are neighbours. One does not choose one’s neighbours as like one can choose a language to proclaim as the national language.  Thus, while in Namibia we may have chosen English as a national language and Angola and some of her sister CPLP countries chose Portuguese.

As a neighbour to Angola, we are bound by blood, lineage and struggle.  This is the same solid bond we share with all of you present here. We may have different languages but we all share the common language of the struggle against colonialism. Now today, we share the common language of the struggle against poverty, corruption and COVID-19. It is in this familial spirit defined by blood and history that I am glad to be here in Luanda amongst Comrades. Your Excellency, The challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have not stopped the Member States of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries from pursuing their ambitions.

In this regard, we note the progress made in the development of the draft Agreement on Mobility Among CPLP Member States to be signed by the Ministers of International Relations and Foreign Affairs in the presence of Heads of State and Government at this Summit. This is an important step in making sure that our borders remain open to Strengthen and Promote Business and Economic Relations in Times of the Pandemic, Towards Sustainable Development, which will be the theme of your discussions today.  On the continent of Africa, the Africa Continental Free-Trade Area has brought much promise to the development of industries that will create jobs and grow economies.

This will greatly benefit cooperation at the level of CPLP as 70% of its members are from the continent of Africa. Your Excellency, As Observer States, we join hands with CPLP Members in order to strengthen our local, regional and global governance architecture. The values of international cooperation and multilateralism that underpin the CPLP, are fundamental for the promotion and strengthening of peace and security and socio-economic development. The equality of all States cannot be overemphasised, as stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations

. Let us therefore, continue to treasure the unity of our nations, a unity forged in blood and defined by kinship. For it is unity that will bring about a world free from poverty and hunger, it is unity that will guarantee our peace and security, and it is unity that will deliver the promise of economic development and prosperity. We are therefore honoured to unite with our brothers and sisters of the CPLP Member States in pursuit of a better world.