Government meets CPLP delegation

A delegation from the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) met the majority of the corresponding sector departments at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, to analyse the report presented to the monitoring commission on the execution of the Equatorial Guinea CPLP adhesion programmes.

Among the highlighted programmes is the development of a legal framework for the adoption of the Portuguese language, the establishment of a basic experimental infrastructure for its general use in the country, together with the promotion of progressive transparency of knowledge for teaching and the action plan for the promotion of the Portuguese language and its advancement among public officials, which are the main tasks which must be resolved in the adhesion programme.

To these are added the construction of operating capacities, the participation of civil society and the private sector, the evaluation of the cultural heritage of the Portuguese on the island of Annobon, the launching of the Fernando Poo Prize, and the promotion of the positive image of the country to public opinion in the CPLP.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, in his speech in Portuguese, expressed the desire to progress together in order to overcome the difficulties of integration, and declared the importance the Government gives to this integration.

He also underlined the solidarity of Equatorial Guinea with member countries, as is the case of the recent donation of two million dollars for the reconstruction of Mozambique following the devastating cyclone Ida.

Equatorial Guinea, since becoming a member, has signed the Cooperation Protocol with the Camoes International Institute, the Cooperation Protocol for the Promotion and Diffusion of the Portuguese Language and Culture, its introduction of training to public officials, the establishment of the Multilingual School in Malabo, which is supported by the Brazilian Embassy in the diffusion of Portuguese, the designation of a lecturer at the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) and the visit by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to the headquarters of the CPLP.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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