Equatorial Guinea at Spanish Language Week in Rabat

The Spanish Language Week took place in Rabat, Morocco, which was organised by the Spanish Embassy in Morocco, the Cervantes Institute, and the accredited embassies of Spanish-speaking countries in Morocco, among them Equatorial Guinea.

During this intense week of evaluation of the Spanish language and its global promotion, the embassies organised various cultural activities, exhibitions and conferences on Castilian Spanish, and its importance in the world today.

One of the most eagerly awaited speeches was that by the accredited Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Crisantos Obama Ondo, on the Spanish language as a language of work at an international level, supported by a journalist from the EFE news agency and another from the MAP agency.

After declaring his satisfaction in the name of Equatorial Guinea, a country which institutionally represents the Spanish language in the huge African continent, Obama Ondo highlighted the enormous amount of work done by the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in the promotion of the Spanish language in Africa and throughout the world.

He also stated that, apart from the internal institutional work of the Government, such as the creation via Presidential Decree 163/2013 of the Equatoguinean Academy of the Spanish Language, and other actions, the 17th Assembly of Heads of State of the African Union in 2011 in Malabo adopted Castilian Spanish unanimously as an official language of the AU.

Before an audience of other ambassadors and guests, Crisantos Obama Ondo pointed out that the Government of Equatorial Guinea was not limited to the achievement of the adoption of Spanish as an official AU language, but was continuing with its work to make it a language of work within the community, which requires the ratification of 2/3 of member States of the amendment of the act of Maputo Protocol Declaration of 2003, already ratified by 28 of the 36 States necessary, thanks to the diplomatic efforts of Equatorial Guinea.

The entry of Morocco within the institutional family could favour this ratification, as Morocco is another of the African nations with a strong implementation of the Spanish language, according to the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador, before requesting the support of Spain and countries from Latin America through their diplomatic channels, in order to achieve this significant ratification for the Spanish-speaking world.

Crisantos Obama Ondo concluded his speech by providing further data on institutional and diplomatic activities carried out by the Government, for the promotion of the Spanish language in African and in the world, such as the agreement between Gabon and Equatorial Guinea granting the Gabonese city of Cocobeach the status of official Spanish speaker, making it a bi-national city under this agreement.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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