Portugal President to arrive in state today

Panaji: Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who
is on an official visit to India, will arrive in Goa on Saturday.

During his two-day visit to the state, a memorandum of
understanding on water and sewage management will be signed between the
Portuguese government and the state public works department.

Minister for Public Works Deepak Pauskar told ‘The
Navhind Times’ on Friday that a function for signing the MoU will be held at a
Dona Paula hotel on Saturday.

The agreement will be signed between ‘Aguas de Portugal’
and the PWD.

Portugal will provide technical assistance to the PWD for
operational efficiency of the Goa water system and the sewage management,
Pauskar said, adding that Portugal will provide consultancy for augmenting the
water and sewage management system of the state.

In the Saturday evening, Sousa will inaugurate a seminar
on urban designs organised by the state-run Imagine Panaji Smart City
Development Limited.

Sousa will also partake in the dinner hosted by Goa
Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday evening at Raj Bhavan.

On Sunday, Sousa will visit Santa Monica Church and
Museum of Christian Art at Old Goa.

He will leave the state on Sunday evening. PTI ADDS FROM
NEW DELHI: India and Portugal on Friday
exchanged 14 agreements and understandings in a number of key areas, including
maritime, intellectual property rights, aerospace and scientific research, as
President Ram Nath Kovind hosted his Portuguese counterpart here.

Kovind received Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the
Rashtrapati Bhavan on his first state visit to India.

Kovind said Portugal-India relations are very special and
the two countries enjoy 500 years of shared history.

“The two countries are closely tied together through Goa
and Mumbai, through our culture, language and kinship,” he said.

Kovind thanked Portugal for extending its support for the
commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

The President said the India-Portugal bilateral agenda
has expanded several folds. The two countries are collaborating in science and
technology, defence, education, innovation and startup, water and environment
among other things, he added.

Calling terrorism a grave threat to the entire world,
Kovind said, “We should deepen our cooperation further to defeat and destroy
this global menace.”

He also said that climate change was a pressing global
challenge today and India looked forward to Portugal joining the International
Solar Alliance in the near future.

The two Presidents welcomed the exchange of agreements
and understandings between India and Portugal in the fields of maritime
heritage, maritime transport and port development, migration and mobility,
startups, intellectual property rights, aerospace, nano-biotechnology, audio
visual co-production, yoga, diplomatic training, scientific research and public
policy.

Speaking on the occasion, Kovind said, “Our global
partnership has added depth to our multilateral engagement and to our common
desire to fashion a multi-polar world-order.”

“India looks forward to becoming an associate observer of
the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, so that we can amplify our
developmental partnerships in Africa and elsewhere,” he added.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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