|Fernando Ulrich, president and CEO of BPI|
It seems quite odd and it appears really strange, but recently Fernando Ulrich, president and CEO of one of the biggest private Portuguese banks, stated that it is incomprehensible the meetings with the Ministry of Economy personnel being organized and spoken using English language. “To have meetings with Government in English is incomprehensible” Ulrich said. Ulrich made also an appeal for the Portuguese government, to the hiring of more Portuguese consultants and experts on economic issues, when dealing with bank sector personnel.
It is undoubtedly true, that English language nowadays is the language for business and economic debates, for diplomacy throughout the world, for the internet and the computer science sector, for academic researching and for many other issues, including fashion. English language is actually the third most spoken language in the world but it has the major dominance for instance in the internet and on the international affairs. I have a clear opinion why that happens and why I’m clicking this keyboard keys so the words and the grammar will appear in English. The reason is extremely simple for me: the new empire that flourished after the World War II, was the United States which by the way has English as the only official national language. As the hegemony of this new empire was becoming greater and greater, as the economic and financial power of this nation was becoming stronger, English became to be a useful language to master and to deal with. That importance achieved such a major peak nowadays, that no qualified worker, in any part of world will be hired if they don’t speak English. During the Biblical era (New Testament), Greek and Latin were the vehicular languages at the time, so every cultured man either in Rome or Athens should speak these two bridge languages.