The European Union (EU) provides € 26 million to Portuguese-speaking African countries and East Timor (PALOP-TL) – Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor – to promote two programs in the field of job creation in the field of culture and reform of public finance management.
The European Commission signed:
A € 18 million program to support PALOP-TL in job creation in the cultural sector. The project focuses on the performing arts, including music, dance and theater. This program aims to boost the access of cultural products from PALOP-TL countries to national, regional and international markets, to strengthen the capacity of actors in the sector and to support the creation and dissemination of literary publications in the region, especially for children and young people.
A € 8 million program to support public finance management systems in the PALOP-TL will consolidate the initiatives of public financial control institutions as well as civil society to improve the accountability, efficiency and transparency of public finances in the six countries .
These programs are promoted under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and its ultimate objective is to contribute to more inclusive and sustainable growth in these countries. The EU has been cooperating with PALOP-TL for more than 25 years since 1992.
The protocol was signed by the Director General for International Cooperation and Development, Mr. Stefano Manservisi, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, Mr. José Pacheco, as Coordinator of the PALOP-TL / EU Cooperation Program, CPLP (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries) Summit held in Sal Island, Cape Verde, under the motto “People, Ocean, Culture”.