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.

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General Information

Located at the extreme southwest of Europe, the Republic of Portugal is constituted by the continental territory and two Autonomous Regions, the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores (Açores). The Continent is divided into 18 districts. Portugal’s total area is of 92.000 Km2 and there are around 10 million inhabitants. The Portuguese Republic borders Spain North and East and has an extensive maritime coastline South and West that bathes the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s capital is Lisbon and the official language is Portuguese.

History

Portugal was founded in 1143, being one of the oldest countries in Europe. Until the 5th October 1910, when the foundations of the Modern Portuguese Republic were laid, the Portuguese monarchy had developed a long history of discoveries and conquests in Africa, India and Brazil. In 1926, the parliamentary regime was replaced by a military dictatorship leading to the formation of the Estado Novo in 1933. Democracy was restored 41 years later, on the 25th April 1974, through a nearly bloodless coup, later nicknamed the Revolution of the Carnations, which are still a national symbol of freedom. In the following years, mostly as a consequence of the restoration of democracy, independence was granted to some of Portugal’s last colonies: São Tomé & Principe, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

A special relationship has been maintained with these Portuguese speaking countries, along with Brazil and East Timor, and developed through the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

Portugal is part of diverse international organizations (e.g. United Nations, OECD, NATO, CoE) and is a member of the European Union (EU) since 1986.

Political system

Portugal is a Parliamentary Republic. The President is directly elected by universal adult suffrage every 5 years. Executive power is exercised by the Council of Ministers. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Parliament. Since 1975 the party system is dominated by the Socialist Party (Partido Socialista) and Social Democratic Party (Partido Social Democrata). Other political parties include: Bloco de Esquerda, Partido Comunista Português, CDS/Partido Popular.

Economy

After the accession to the EU in 1986, Portugal benefited from a significant economic growth and development throughout the 90s, largely thanks to the funds allocated by the European Union to improve the country's infrastructures. Portugal is a modern economy where the service industry, particularly tourism, is playing an increasingly important role. Today Portugal is also part of the “euro area” (Economic and Monetary Union).

 

 

State Visit of the President of the Republic

His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was in Egypt on the 11th, 12th and 13th of April for a State Visit.

Besides meeting with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, al Sisi, the president of the Portuguese republic also had private meetings with the Prime Minister and the president of the Egyptian Parliament.

During his stay in Cairo the Suez Canal Economic Zone and AICEP Global Parques signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and the University of Ain Shams, the Camões Institute and the University of Oporto signed a tripartite protocol for the establishment of a Portuguese bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Portuguese Studies at Ain Shams.

The President also addressed the closing session of the first Egyptian-Portuguese Business Council which gathered several Egyptian and Portuguese Companies across various sectors. The President also hosted a reception for the Portuguese community in Egypt.

The president also had the chance to meet with Pope Tawadros II of the Egyptian Coptic Church and with the Sheikh of Al Azhar, in whose University the president gave a speech entitled “ Vision of a President and a Teacher “.

Before his departure the Minister of Antiquities, Mr. Khaled Anafy, accompanied the president and his delegation to the Giza Pyramids, the construction works of the Grand Egyptian Museum and to the Egyptian Museum.

 

The President of the Portuguese Parliament received the Grand Iman of Al-Azhar

The President of the Portuguese Parliament, Mr. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, received the Grand Iman of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb. The meeting took place during the Sheikh's visit to Lisbon to preside over the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Islamic Community of Lisbon. 

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