Embassy of Portugal in Egypt

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

First Bilateral Commission between Portugal and Egypt

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The first ever meeting of the “Bilateral Commission” between Egypt and Portugal took place on the 19th of October, presided over by countries’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sameh Shoukry and Mr. Augusto Santos Silva.

The Commission saw the presence of the Secretary of State for Energy, Mr. Jorge Seguro, the Secretary of State for Administrative Reforms, Ms. Graça Fonseca and several other representatives from different ministries. Together all parties went over the different cooperation areas between Egypt and Portugal, which resulted in the signature of 5 MoU in the areas of Air Travel, Archive Management, Cooperation, Sports and Youth an Tourism.

In that same day, both Ministers of Foreign Affairs inaugurated the Business Forum Egypt-Portugal. This forum, the first of its kind in Egypt, brought together 18 Portuguese companies and more than 100 Egyptian companies, hence highlighting the interest and potential on both sides of this newly formed relationship.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs also held private meetings with Mr. Tarek Kabil, Minister for Industry and Commerce and Ms. Sahar Nasr, Minister for Investment and International Cooperation. He was also received by Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayb from Al Azhar.

The Secretary of State, Ms. Graça Fonseca also held meetings outside the Business Forum context, in which the possibility to implement the SIMPLEX system was explored in the context of Administrative Modernization. She was received in the Parliament by the President of the Local Planning Commission, Deputy Ahmed El Siginy, the Minister of Planning and Administrative Reforms, Ms. Hala Sayed, the Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and finally also by H.E. the President of Egypt.

The Secretary of State for Energy, Mr. Jorge Seguro, was one of the opening speakers in the first Business Forum for Energy and Climate, held in Cairo on the 18th of October and put together by the Union for the Mediterranean and the Government of Egypt.

Present also as Speakers, Minister for Electricity and Renewable Energy, Mr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister for Investment and International Cooperation, Ms. Sahar Nasr, and the Secretary General of the UfM, Mr. Fathalla Sijilmassi.

Mr. Seguro also held meetings with Portuguese companies who were present at the UfM Forum and other relevant Egyptian authorities in this domain.

Portuguese Government press release on the terrorist attack in Sinai on the 24th of November




The Portuguese Government expresses its strongest repudiation of the attack on the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, northern Sinai, which claimed the life of hundreds of innocent people, who were in the mosque for Friday prayers.

This brutal attack shows once again the violence and cruelty in the actions of terrorist groups and reinforces the commitment of Portugal and the international community to eradicate all forms of terrorism.

In this moment of great pain, Portugal presents its condolences and expresses its solidarity with the countless grieving families, the Egyptian people and authorities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Lisbon, November 24, 2017

WEB SUMMIT-Lisbon hosts world’s largest tech conference

The second Lisbon Web Summit was staged this week at its riverside location at the Park of Nations. Last year’s inaugural event in the Portuguese capital attracted a total of 53,000 people from 166 countries and 15,000 companies.Organisers were this week expecting 59,000 participants at the four-day event, which ran from Monday to Thursday.

The event, which was completely sold out, is estimated to be worth at least 200 million euros to the Portuguese economy.

This year’s event was marked by a series of discussions and interesting admissions by guests invited to give an address at the Web Summit.

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