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UNGE and CAMOES Institute sign Cooperation Protocol

19.12.2018

The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Bonifacio Mitogo Bindang, the rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea, Filiberto Ntutumu Nguema, and the Portuguese Ambassador resident in Malabo, were there to sign the agreement, which emerged from a framework agreement between the governments of Equatorial Guinea and Portugal which, in turn, arose through a much broader convention between the two States, in relation to the diffusion of the Portuguese language in the only African country where Spanish is the official language.

Through this agreement the intention is that in the next three years a greater diffusion of the Portuguese language is achieved in Equatorial Guinea, through the creation of a teaching centre specifically for the Portuguese language within the UNGE. On the horizon, within a relatively prudential period, it will provide human resources capable of handling the Portuguese language and including this language at all levels of the teaching curriculum in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

It is hoped that the agreement between UNGE and the CAMOES Institute, with a duration of three years, will also allow work on the assumption of commitments and responsibilities between the two parties, so that, from now to 2021, Portuguese is not only an official language, but can become a language of interaction between Equatoguineans and the Portuguese-speaking global community, and commonly used as a language of communication between Equatoguineans.

The UNGE Rector, before declaring that the signing of this agreement is the fruit of the political will of the Heads of State of Equatorial Guinea and Portugal, prioritised the importance of the language as a vehicle, not only for communication between people, but as a useful instrument in breaking down barriers, borders and distances, in addition to the creation of multiple opportunities for its speakers.

Manuel Grainhado Vale, Portuguese Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, stated that it was a historic moment, and recognised that, through signing, Malabo and Lisbon were beginning an ambitious journey that, in his opinion, must be noted.

On 22nd July 2014, through consensus of the member States of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea was granted the status of full member country of the organisation, made up to that date of eight nations, five of which were located on the African continent. Our country became the sixth in Africa, and the ninth in the chronological order of membership of the CPLP, which was formed in 1996. In that way, Equatorial Guinea adopted Portuguese as its third official language.

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