The Community of Portuguese Language Countries Celebrates 20 Years
The Brazilian Embassy Promoted an Event to Celebrate the Day of the Portuguese LanguageMay 13th, 2016
The Brazilian Embassy in Berlin promoted an event on April 11th, to celebrate the 20 years of existence of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLC) and to talk about the importance of this language in Germany.
CPLC is an intergovernmental organization to improve cooperation and close relations between the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) nations, in other words, where Portuguese is the official language. The 9 member states are Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Săo Tomé and Príncipe. Normally the commemorative day for this community, as well as for the Portuguese Language, is in May. In 2016, it was established for the 11th, and the Brazilian Embassy in Berlin celebrated with a lecture and a roundtable discussion with 8 important speakers.
The event, called “The Importance of Portuguese Language in Germany – 20 years of CPLC”, was a conference with German and Portuguese speaking orators, from different sectors in the German society. It started at 16:00 with an introduction from the Brazilian Ambassador in Berlin, H. E. Amb. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, and continued with a Lecture about the 20 years of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, by the Executive Secretary of CPLC, the Mozambican Murade Isaac Miguigy Murargy. Then, there was a roundtable discussion about the importance of the lusophony in Germany, with H. E. Amb. Dr. Joăo António da Costa Mira Gomes, the Portuguese Ambassador in Berlin, as the moderator. As speakers, there was Dr. Jörg Heinermann, the Director of Mercedes Benz, ex-President of Mercedes Benz Portugal and the Executive Director of the Portuguese-German Trade Chamber; Mr. Wilfried Stotzka, the Director of Studies in Staatliche Europe-Schule (UNESCO), in Berlin; the German Ambassador Christian Clages, and also Director of the Referat 320 of the Federal Foreign Office (southern Africa; African Great Lakes; Congo and Sub-Saharan Africa); and, finally, Dr. Frank Buchwald, a journalist for ZDF). The event finished with a Q&A Session with the public.
To know more about the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, one can access the website: http://www.cplp.org/
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Beatriz Nunes, Berlin Global