Expats from 5 countries come together to celebrate World Portuguese Language Day

The embassies of Angola, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Portugal celebrated the World Portuguese Language Day – 2024 on Saturday in collaboration with Katara Cultural Village and the Translation and Interpretation Institute of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in the presence of residents from the five countries and guests. After a documentary screening entitled ‘Portugal: Like Never Seen Before’, Brazilian Ambassador Marcelo Dantas gave a presentation entitled ‘The Expansion of the Portuguese Language and the Creation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)’ where he delivered on July 17, 1996 spoke at the Lisbon Constitutive Summit about the creation of the CPLP. It includes Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor. Based on the principle of solidarity, the community has four main objectives: political and diplomatic coordination; cooperation in all areas; promotion and dissemination of the Portuguese language, and economic cooperation. The community dates back to the first meeting of heads of state (Sao Luis do Maranhao, November 1989), initiated by Brazil. On this occasion, the International Portuguese Language Institute was founded, with its headquarters in Praia, Cape Verde. In 2005, the Institute was incorporated into the community as a coordination forum for the promotion and dissemination of the Portuguese language. Ambassador Dantas emphasized that the “community is flourishing and there is no hegemony within the group because it promotes friendship and development. and we are grateful to Portugal for this great opportunity to be together.” In an exclusive statement to ‘Gulf Times’, Ambassador Dantas said: “This day was an opportunity for our countries to come together and promote our culture among the community of Qataris and in the region Qatar is part of this history, as explorer Vasco da Gama was the first to connect Europe and Asia via an ocean route, linking the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. “This is widely regarded as a milestone in world history as it marked the beginning of a phase of globalization at sea. It is also a moment to bring Qatar closer to us and join our efforts in cooperation and development. All Qatari officials I spoke with are interested in getting closer to the Portuguese-speaking countries.” Portuguese Ambassador Paulo Neves Pocinho said: ‘There are 265 million Portuguese speakers around the world. We are trying to promote the teaching of the Portuguese language at HBKU and the collaboration with the Institute of Portuguese Language in Portugal. Since last June there has been a direct flight from Doha to Lisbon and this will greatly benefit the cooperation. We are trying to get cooperation with archivists and historians. We are trying to strengthen our relations, because we have so many things in common, such as the sea, fishing, tourism We are very happy to welcome people like the Qataris. We are trying to build lasting relations with Qatar, which is very strong in the field of mediation and other common aspects between the two friendly countries “The presentation was followed by a music concert by Angolan singer Gelsom Castro, who delighted the audience by singing songs from both countries. of the above-mentioned countries, as expressed by Portuguese expat Elisabete Reis who said: “the concert was wonderful, we enjoyed it.” Guests were also treated to a buffet of traditional Portuguese dishes and other flavors from the participating countries.