The Portuguese Diaspora Council (CDP) was this week recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO) by the Portuguese State.
The CDP was recognized the Portuguese State for the work that has been developed on the relations between Portugal and Africa through the EurAfrican Forum platform, which will hold its third edition in 2020.
The Diaspora Council and the EurAfrican Forum are important instruments of diplomacy and influence, said Foreign Minister and Honorary Vice-President Augusto Santos Silva: “Portuguese authorities with foreign policy expertise are already looking to the next edition of the EurAfrican Forum as another opportunity to value the relationship between our country and the whole African continent, to value the role that our country has as a pivot of the more general relationship between Europe and Africa” said the minister at the last annual meeting of the institution.
For his part, Filipe de Botton, CDP’s President of the Board, stated that “this recognition is an honor and a stimulus for us to continue working to deepen relations between Europe and Africa and the opportunities arising from new connections between diasporas networks. He added that “Portugal is assuming a leading role that has been recognized internationally.”
The EurAfrican Forum is a platform for connecting and discussing common challenges in Africa and Europe. The next initiative of the Portuguese Diaspora Council will take place on December 20th, at the Cidadela Palace, in Cascais, with the theme “Thinking about the economy in our Planet”.
CDP is a private non-profit association, founded in 2012, with the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to the status now granted, in 2017 the Institution was awarded the Public Utility distinction.
CDP is a network between Portuguese and Portuguese descendants, the World Portuguese Network, comprising 93 members, spread across 26 countries and 47 cities on 5 continents, with intervention and influence in the areas of Economy, Science, Culture and Citizenship.
By Portuguese Diaspora Council, November 2019