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Tue, 05 May 2020 07:40 - Updated Tue, 05 May 2020 07:41

Angola intends to ratify orthographic agreement

Luanda - Foreign Minister Teté António Monday in Luanda said that Angola is working to ratify the 1990 orthographic agreement within the Portuguese-speaking Countries Community (CPLP).

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Angolan Foreign minister, Tete António (file)

Photo: Pedro Parente

The Cabinet minister, who was speaking at the opening of the colloquium on the Portuguese language, said that issues related to some orthographic rules that meet the Angolan linguistic reality were being discussed with other members of the community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP), and at the International Portuguese Language Institute (IILP), in order to be reflected in the agreement.

"The Portuguese language is for us a factor of development, as the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, said recently.

The minister highlighted the need to analyse, during the colloquium, how to boost the Portuguese language in terms of education, teaching and other state policies.

The orthographic agreement was signed to enter into force on 1 January 1994, through its ratification by all CPLP member countries. However, this scenario did not occur, as only Portugal, on 23 August 1991, and Brazil, on 18 April 1995, ratified the document. Two amending protocols were then signed on different occasions.

The first took from the original text the date for its entry into force; and the second, in addition to allowing the accession of East Timor, which had just achieved Independence, established that it would be sufficient for three members of the CPLP to ratify the agreement for it to enter into force.

The last country to ratify the document was Mozambique, on 7 June 2012, after Portugal (1991), Brazil (1995), Cape Verde (2005), Guinea-Bissau (2009), São Tomé and Príncipe (2006) and East Timor (2009).

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