PALOP (Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa) refers to a group of five African countries where the Portuguese is the official language. The countries concerned are Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome & Principe. There is no PALOP secretariat.
Eurostat supports the European Community's development cooperation goals in PALOP countries by providing advice to the European Commission's external services and through them to the European Community's regional and national development partners.
Eurostat's statistical advice focuses on European Development fund (EDF) regional integration programmes that operate in partnership with PALOP countries' organisation.
The PALOP countries have a number of official agreements with Portugal and are aid partners in the fields of culture, education, and Portuguese language development and preservation.
Common legal and institutional structures and approaches to education, as well as the shared official language, are all of interest in statistical cooperation.
Most PALOP countries are undertaking regional integration programmes: Angola and Mozambique are working toward integration in SADC; Sao Tome and Principe in CEAC and Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde in CEDEAO/ECOWAS.
EC support for statistics
The key regional statistical cooperation programme with the EC is PALOPStat, a project launched under the 9th EDF to start in 2008 with the duration of 4 years. The use of a common official language and the current renovation achievements of the PALOP national statistics systems underline the need for this project.
The basic aim of EC support statistics to PALOP countries is to improve and harmonize outputs, dissemination and use of statistics as to provide decision-makers with relevant and pertinent data (basically, economic and social statistics) in their aim to define priorities, to set up strategic frameworks, and to implement actions plans for economic and social development.