CPLP Executive Secretary and Prime Minister discuss strengthening Portuguese Language in TL

CPLP Executive Secretary and Prime Minister discuss strengthening Portuguese Language in TL

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DILI, 22 november 2023 (TATOLi) – The Executive Secretary of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, Zacarias Albano met with Prime Minister, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão to discuss the importance of strengthening the Portuguese language in the country.

During the meeting, Albano highlighted the importance of Portuguese language training for teachers and lecturers.

He said that the Government is committed to continuing to support the Centers of Learning and School Training (CAFE) project.

“The Prime Minister intends to improve cooperation with some CPLP member countries, namely Brazil and Portugal, in order to obtain support for the consolidation of the Portuguese language,” said Albano after meeting Gusmão, in Dili.

He revealed that the report on the 14th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the CPLP, which took place in São Tomé and was attended by the President of the National Parliament, Maria Fernanda Lay and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Bendito Freitas, was also presented at the meeting.

Asked about the CPLP Games in 2025, Zacarias Albano said that he had told the Head of Government that the organization’s member countries had agreed to hold this international competition in Timor-Leste.

Albano also said that Xanana Gusmão had asked him to send the full report on the funds needed for the competition, as well as information on the financial execution requirements of projects to facilitate the government’s decisions next year.

The Executive Secretary’s agenda also included a meeting with Fernanda Lay to discuss strengthening the implementation of the Portuguese language in all schools in Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste is the only sovereign state in Asia with Portuguese as an official language.


Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins


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