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President of the Republic of Portugal visited Cape Verde and Senegal

The President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, visited Cape Verde between 8 and 12 April, and met with his counterpart Jorge Fonseca. The program was marked by cultural initiatives, academic and business visits. The Portuguese President then departure to Senegal, where he was received by the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, in the presidential palace. The State visit was considered historic, since it was the first visit of a Portuguese President to that West African country. In the commercial and economic areas, Senegal and Portugal have had historical relations since the time of the discovery period, but currently, trade flows have been inexpressive, representing only 0.07% of the Portuguese total exports and 0.04% of imports in 2016.

António Costa visited Luxembourg

On April 5, António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, visited the Luxembourg accompanied by Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy, and José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State of the Portuguese Communities Abroad. António Costa was received by the Grand Duke Henri Guillaume, followed by a meeting with the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel. During his visit, several agreements were signed in different areas, one of which was related with the teaching of the Portuguese language in Luxembourg schools, which will allow maintaining the existing courses in the schools and strengthening the pre-school education courses. On the last day, the Prime Minister visited a creative hub in Luxembourg City and was present at a reception with the Portuguese community.

Portugal and Hong Kong signed a new financial information exchange agreement

The Secretary of State for Fiscal Affairs, Fernando Rocha Andrade, started a three day visit to Hong Kong on April 3, where he signed an agreement of financial information exchange with K. Chan, Secretary for Treasury and Financial Services of Hong Kong. This agreement will allow the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority to access financial accounts held in Hong Kong by Portuguese taxpayers. However, Portugal will not share, under this agreement, the financial information of taxpayers resident in Portugal. Fernando Rocha Andrade also met with the chief economist of the Hong Kong Government and with heads of commerce and industry, with the aim of strengthening economic relations and simplifying customs procedures.

Minister for Foreign Affairs met Danish counterpart

On April 6, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, met with his Danish counterpart, Anders Samuelsen, at the Palácio das Necessidades, in Lisbon. The meeting addressed a number of issues, such as the Brexit negotiation process, the trade and investment agreement between the European Union and Canada, the present situation in NATO and the bilateral relations between Portugal and Denmark. It should also be noted that Anders Samuelsen has started with this visit a European tour aiming to strengthen ties between Member States and to promote the debate on the future of the European Union.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 9:07

Dakar, Apr. 12 (Lusa) - Portugal's president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, arrived in Dakar on Wednesday for a two-day state visit to Senegal, the first by a Portuguese head of state since democracy was instituted in the wake of the 1...

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:48

Praia, Apr. 12 (Lusa) – The president of Portugal invited on Tuesday evening, his Cape Verde counterpart to make a state visit to Portugal later this year, adding that when he comes to Portugal, Jorge Carlos Fonseca will be give...

Friday, 7 April 2017 13:00

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