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Prime Minister António Costa and the Minister of Economy Manuel Caldeira Cabral were at the 47th World Economic Forum in Davos

The 47th World Economic Forum in Davos, with this year motto “a receptive and responsible leadership,” ran from January 17-20 in Switzerland, bringing together some 3 000 world economic and political leaders, including the Portuguese Prime Minister and the Minister of Economy. More than 40 heads of state were together at the summit including, for the first time, the Chinese President.

António Costa seized the opportunity of the presence of IMF’s President, Christine Lagarde, to strengthen the international credibility of its government strategy. The IMF president praised not only fiscal consolidation, but also job

creation, economic growth and the stabilization of the financial system in Portugal. The Prime Minister also met with the president of the World Economic Forum, the president of the European Investment Bank, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn.

Minister Manuel Caldeira Cabral was also present in this forum, having been speaker in three events. According to the Minister of Economy, it was noticeable during the Forum that there is greater confidence in the country’s public accounts. There is also a more positive view of the growth prospects of the economy with the data on exports, tourism, and employment.

President of the Republic of Serbia official visit

Between 25 and 27 January the President of the Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, paid an official visit to Portugal. During the visit, in addition to the institutional and working meetings with the Portuguese Head of State, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President Tomislav Nikolic met with the President of the Parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, with the Prime Minister, António Costa, and with the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina.

At the joint press conference, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that Portugal has supported Serbia’s entry into the EU from the outset, as it is fundamental to the enrichment of Europe. The Portuguese President also emphasized the collaboration of Serbia in the relationship with Turkey and the Russian Federation.

Prime Minister António Costa official visit to India

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa made an official visit to India invited by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who received him with the honours of a Head of State. During the visit, António Costa (son of a Goan, his father, the writer Orlando da Costa, was a Brahmin and a Catholic) was the main honoree at the annual homage ceremony for Indians or descendants who have distinguished themselves abroad.

Such a distinction, according to the Indian Government, is intended for people with “exceptional merit” for the “growth” of the country. Accompanied by five ministers and 30 businessmen, António Costa took advantage of the visit to launch seeds and stimulate trade between the two countries, arguing that the common history between Portugal and Goa should open doors to a Partnership of the future and not just to remember the past, highlighting the global character of the Portuguese language.

According to António Costa, Narendra Modi showed great willingness to have Portugal as a strategic partner for cooperation with third party countries.

Jorge Torres Pereira, Portuguese Ambassador to China, named as the economic diplomat of the year

The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) distinguished Jorge Torres Pereira, Portuguese Ambassador to China, as economic diplomat of the year at the fourth annual Francisco de Melo e Torres award. The award was presented during the Diplomatic Seminar promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The CCIP justified the election of Ambassador Jorge Torres Pereira as the diplomat who, over the course of the year, most stood out “in supporting the internationalization of Portuguese companies and in attracting foreign investment, contributing to the growth of the Portuguese economy.” The ambassador began his diplomatic career in 1986 and has been stationed in London, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Madrid, Ramallah and Bangkok before representing Portugal in Beijing.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:39

Lisbon, Jan. 25 (Lusa) - Portugal's president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, stressed on Wednesday that the country has backed Serbia's accession to the European Union "from the first moment", seeing this as "fundamental for the enrich...

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:50

Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 18 (Lusa) – Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, is arriving in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday to participate in bilateral meetings at the World Economic Forum until Thursday.   The 4...

Thursday, 12 January 2017 8:46

Panaji, India, Jan. 11 (Lusa) - Portugal's prime minister, António Costa, who is on a state visit to India, said on Wednesday that the shared history of Portugal and the Indian state of Goa should serve to open doors to...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 8:48

Lisbon, Jan. 3 (Lusa) – Portugal's ambassador to China, Jorge Torres Pereira, is on Wednesday to receive a prize for best economic diplomat of the year, awarded by the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP)...