The Cape Verde ambassador in Lisbon, a country that holds the rotating presidency of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), announced this Thursday that the organization's budget for 2021 will have “zero growth”, but there will be some cost reduction.
According to Eurico Monteiro, the CPLP budget for 2021 was presented at the meeting of the CPLP Standing Committee for Conciliation (CCP), which took place today in Lisbon, the usual meeting of ambassadors of the Member States, and will have “zero growth, taking into account the financial situation of CPLP countries ”and, therefore,“ does not change much that has been happening ”in other years.
But the diplomat admitted that "there may be some savings, because the logistics for several meetings and meetings [that were supposed to be in person] already scheduled for virtual format have lower costs".
However, Eurico Monteiro also did not reveal the savings or the budgeted amount, remembering only that the budget was presented today to the representatives of the Member States, but that it now goes to the technical group of the CCP and only after its opinion does it return to be considered at a committee meeting, and then it will still have to be approved by the Council of Ministers.
Before the new coronavirus, the CPLP had scheduled face-to-face technical and ministerial meetings, which with the pandemic have now been rescheduled, but will be held 'online'. At the CCP meeting today, the meetings for the last quarter of this year were scheduled.
Thus, the interministerial meeting of e-government is scheduled for October 26 and 28, the extraordinary meeting of the CPLP ministers of health between November 04 and 06, the tenth meeting of education ministers between 16 and 18 of the same month, the eighth meeting of ministers of Environment and Water Resources from 25 to 27, and of ministers of Science and Technology and Higher Education on November 30.
The extraordinary Council of Ministers should take place between 07 and 09 December.
The approved budget for the financial year 2020 was 2.734.731,15 euros.
The financing of the CPLP budget is supported by contributions from its nine member states: Angola, Cape Verde, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Timor-Leste and São Tomé and Príncipe.