Angola wants Portuguese language used at regional FAO meetings

22 November 2005

Luanda, Angola, 22 Nov – The introduction of Portuguese as a working language at the Regional Conference for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to be held in 2006, is being discussed in Rome at the behest of the Angolan government.

Food and Agriculture ministers have been meeting in the Italian capital at the Organization’s 33rd General Conference and are assessing the proposal put forward by Angola’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gilberto Buta Lutukuta for the Portuguese language to be a working language in African regional meetings from 2006.

The proposal is supported by the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and other African nations.

Portuguese is already a working language in the African union, the Southern Africa Development Council (SADC), the African Wood Organization and the Community of Central African States.

The current FAO conference elected Senegal’s Jacques Diouf to be director-general of the organization, for the third consecutive time, for a six year term from 2006 to 2011.

Representatives from 165 of the 188 member-countries were present and 137 voted in favor while nine voted against and a further nine abstained and 19 votes were not considered valid. (macauhub)