Cape Verde's PM defends expansion of the Portuguese language to States with other languages

Ulisses Correia da Silva, Prime Minister of Cape Verde

Ulisses Correia e Silva argues that the Portuguese language should be more present in countries with other official languages. But he acknowledges that there is no money for this mission.

On Friday, Cape Verde's prime minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, defended the expansion of the Portuguese language to states with other official languages, but he acknowledged "money is important" for this and for other missions of the International Institute of the Portuguese Language (IILP).

The IILP has a budget of 300,000 euros, but its action has been limited due to lack of funding, taking into account delays in the payment of dues by some Member States of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP). Before the CPLP summit, on the island of Sal, last July, the institute had debts of dues amounting to 800 thousand euros.

"Money is important. The vision is also important, the determination," said Ulisses Correia e Silva to reporters in the city of Praia, after awarding a Medal of Dedication to the former IILP Executive Director, Marisa Mendonça.

Marisa Mendonça "managed to do things with very little", said the head of Government, but he recalled that "there is a commitment of the Heads of State and of CPLP's Government to guarantee the financial conditions for the IILP to be able to increasingly perform its duties and missions"

This commitment, assumed at the last CPLP summit, involves the "payment of outstanding dues, the settlement of outstanding payments and the necessary investments to promote the language", recalled the Cape Verde PM.