Equatorial Guinea has officially become a Member State of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) following the signing of the Dili Declaration at the 10th Heads of State CPLP Summit in Dilli, East-Timor on Wednesday 23 July. Equatorial Guinea is the ninth Member State of the CPLP, which was formed in 1996 to encourage intergovernmental friendship and cooperation amongst nations where Portuguese is an official language.
Portuguese is recognised as the third official language of Equatorial Guinea, following Spanish and French. The country’s membership of the CPLP is the result of a long process, throughout which the government of Equatorial Guinea has fulfilled all specific requirements in regards to language.
This 10th summit of the CPLP, under the theme ‘The CPLP and Globalization’, will also include the reincorporation of Guinea Bissau after the limitation of their status as a member since 2012, and the transition of the presidency of the institution from President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza to the President of East Timor, Matan Ruak for the next two years.Share :