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Free movement of goods and services will strengthen trade between CPLP countries

Free movement of goods and services will strengthen trade between CPLP countries

President of National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres (Photo Tatoli/António Daciparu)

DILI, 26 october 2022 (TATOLI) – The President of the National Parliament (PN), Aniceto Guterres, said that the free movement of goods and services between the Member States of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) would help to strengthen trade between the countries of the organization.

“The theme of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CPLP is the “Free Movement of Goods and Services”, an important subject for the CPLP nations. This theme is relevant to strengthen our community and ensure that trade flows between our countries,” Guterres said in his remarks, in Lisbon. 

Guterres highlighted the Tíbar Bay Port as part of Timor-Leste’s important infrastructure development which will support the movement of goods between Timor-Leste and other countries. 

“The port is equipped with equipment that enables it to compete in the region in terms of quality and safety services that are based on international standards,” he said. 

Guterres added that Timor-Leste is currently in the final stages of negotiations to join the World Trade Organization (WTO): “It is expected that, at the beginning of 2023, we may officially join the WTO.”

He said Timor-Leste is also confident to become the new member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2023.

Guterres emphasized that Timor-Leste has a strategic position in Southeast Asia and has the ambition that the country can be a bridge between the CPLP and Asia.

“This strategic position can contribute to increasing the presence of companies and economic operators from Portuguese-speaking countries in this economic region and access to a market with millions of people, from Europe, South America, and Africa passing through Southeast Asia,” he said. 

He went on to say: “it is therefore our duty to find the means to make these opportunities available to our people.”

Guterres called on the governments of CPLP countries to visit Timor-Leste: “Together we can discuss the potentialities of economic cooperation between our countries.”

 

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges 

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