The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Guinea-Bissau (CEMGFA), General Biagué Na Tan, asked Portugal this Thursday for more training in Portuguese for the Guinean military.
“Note that the Portuguese language is our official language, we cannot at any time evade the rule of implementing this instrument in the Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces,” said Biagué Na Tan.
The head of the Guinean Armed Forces was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Portuguese language course with the delivery of 72 diplomas to Guinean soldiers who had attended the course successfully in the last six months.
The project to improve Portuguese language proficiency in the Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces was financed by Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language and by the Portuguese Ministry of Defense, through the Directorate-General for National Defense Policy.
“The Armed Forces of Guinea-Bissau want to ask Camões to continue with this process of the course, to continue until reaching a total victory. The best tool they can have at armed doors is training in the Portuguese language”, said the general.
The ambassador of Portugal, José Caroço, was also present at the closing ceremony, who considered the results “very positive”.
The trainees “perceived the added value, the usefulness of a mastery of better training in terms of Portuguese language proficiency”, said the ambassador.
José Caroço also emphasizes that the “project will not stop here” and that four soldiers are in Lisbon taking a training course for trainers and a course for improving the Portuguese language.
“The Portuguese language must be increasingly incorporated, worked on, assimilated, improved by the Guinea-Bissau armed forces”, stressed.