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.

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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Fado Night-Cairo Opera House!

Five facts about FADO

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Fado is traditional folk music popular in the Lisbon area of Portugal. Melancholic by nature, the music includes instruments like the Portuguese guitar, the mandolin and sometimes the piano with one “Fadista” singing alone. There lyrics talk about the darker and profound elements of love, death, sadness and above all, longing. Not all Fados are sad though…  Some are humorous in nature and go about curious and funny episodes of life. Fado is enjoyed at night, in small restaurants spread around the old neighborhoods of Lisbon and Coimbra. Here are five facts about Portugal’s original music:

  • The word Fado comes from the Latin word fatum, from which the English word fate also comes from;
  • A Fado singer is a Fadista;
  • There are two types of Fado, one found in Lisbon, one in Coimbra. The style heard in Lisbon is the most popular, while in Coimbra, it is a more classic style;
  • Today’s Fado’s roots can be traced back to the early 1800’s and originated in Portugal, but only appeared in Lisbon after 1830. However, it has been sung in the old quarters of Lisbon for many generations and its origins are lost in time;
  • Fado was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011.

The Fado Museum, where you can research the origins of this music genre in the museum’s documentation centre;




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Portuguese Language Course for Beginners

1446 065hrpt02 credit rr tdp 660x371We are happy to announce that there will be a Portuguese Language Course for Beginners taking place in Cairo, for which you are welcome to sign up. The classes will take place at the Embassy of Portugal, located at 25 Ahmed Heshmat Zamalek, from the 25th October onwards, on Wednesdays and Sundays from 7pm to 9pm. The cost of the course is of 500 EGP, plus 100 EGP for the coursebook, and we ask you to pay, if possible, until the 22nd October.


Long-distance Training Courses from Camões Institute

We inform all of those who migth have an interess that there are new long-distance training courses by Camões Institute available online, namely Portuguese Language for foreigners. The full list of courses and details for application can be read here.


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