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International Lusophone Festival begins in Goa

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    9th Dec, 2022

Context

The International Lusophone Festival has been launched in Goa.

What is Lusophone Commonwealth?

  • The Lusophone Commonwealth or the Community of Portuguese Language Countries is a multilateral forum
  • The forum was founded on 17 July 1996 at the 1st CPLP Heads of State & Government Summit in Lisbon. 
  • Members: The founding members were Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Sao Tome e Principe; while Timor Leste and Equatorial Guinea joined later. 
  • These 9 Lusophone countries comprise approximately 300 million people in 4 different continents (Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe).
  • India joined CPLP as an associate observer in July 2021. 
  • As part of India’s engagement with CPLP, the Ministry of External Affairs celebrated the World Portuguese Language Day in Delhi on 5 May 2022, soon after joining CPLP.
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