Augusto Santos Silva says Portuguese language is worth €30 billion/year

Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva speaking during the opening session of JN's 130th Anniversary

Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva speaking during the opening session of JN's 130th Anniversary Great Conference - 'A Falar nos Entendemos: A Língua como Ativo Estratégico' (Speaking to Understand Each Other: Language as a Strategic Asset) - at Palácio da Bolsa. Porto, June 1, 2018. MANUEL FERNANDO ARAÚJO/LUSA

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As "raw material for economic activity," the Portuguese language represents almost 17% of Portugal's GDP, amounting to €30 billion per year

"The Portuguese language is also a working language, it is an economic asset belonging to us all," Santos Silva pointed out at the opening of the traveling exhibition 'A Língua Portuguesa em Nós' (The Portuguese Language Within Us) at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Central Tejo Building, with the presence of the Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira.

Augusto Santos Silva recalled that a study has assessed "a number of economic activities whose raw material is the Portuguese language, from the literary and performative arts to the film industry, from didactic and pedagogical publishing to the world of television and audiovisual media."

The minister said that "the estimate for all these activities" in Portugal amounts to "figures close to 17% of the GDP, which means that at current prices, the Portuguese language, as a raw material for economic activity, is worth at least 30 billion euros."

Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira pointed out that the Portuguese language has "political and diplomatic relevance" within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).

The member of Michel Temer's cabinet highlighted the importance of the language within the CPLP as a tool for "strengthening the ties of cooperation and communication while seeking to approximate positions on major global issues."

Created by the Portuguese Language Museum (São Paulo, Brazil), the traveling exhibition 'A Língua Portuguesa em Nós' (The Portuguese Language Within Us) is an opportunity to see part of the museum's collection.

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