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Promotion of Bilingualism: the National Commission reviews practice at MINEPAT

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L’équipe conduite par Ngwane George ESAMBE est venue évaluer le niveau d’implémentation des deux langues officielles au sein du Ministère de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire.

Five (05) units were particularly targeted by the team of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism ( NCPBM) on 25 August 2020: The Department of General Affairs, the Reception Services, the Communication Unit, the Translation Unit, and the Division of Legal Affairs. Exchanges with heads of these structures, followed by visits to the services, allowed the representatives of the Commission chaired by Peter Mafany Musongue, to have a clear picture of the level of implementation of French and English within MINEPAT. They were, among other things, updated on the implementation within the Ministry of a concept called "Café linguistique", or "Language Brunch". It is a concept promoted by the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development to encourage the staff of his Ministry to express themselves in both official languages. It is a convivial learning environment, which brings together every Friday, the staff of the Ministry, whatever their level of responsibility.

Beyond this framework, MINEPAT staff regularly take part in training offers in English and French. Current internal efforts in the practice of both official languages, particularly with regard to the drafting of administrative documents and MINEPAT publications were noted, although there are still many challenges.
During the restitution proceedings on Wednesday 26 August 2020, the NCPBM also suggested that training opportunities be improved, that English-speaking staff be increased in certain structures, and that articles and other documents intended for the public be systematically written in both official languages. Recalling the provisions contained in the Constitution of 18 January 1996 and the law on the promotion of the two official languages passed by Parliament in December 2019, Alamine Ousmane Mey invited his staff to seize every opportunity currently available and to get more involved in their work, for quality results.