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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The new emergency number of the Portuguese Embassy to the Arab Republic of Egypt is:

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Article 49 of Law Decree number 51/2018 announces the intention to implement measure #89 of the SIMPLEX+ framework, therefore allowing the possibility to submit documents written in English, French and Spanish for civil registry purposes, without the need for certified translations provided that the civil servant in charge of the process possesses a working knowledge of the language he or she is faced with, within the law, for the purposes of that same registry.


Press Release on the recent developments in the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

16 July 2018

The Portuguese Government salutes the steps taken by Ethiopia and Eritrea towards reconciliation, namely the signing of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship and the recent visits of the Ethiopian Prime-Minister, Abiy Ahmed, to Asmara, and of the President of the Republic of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, to Addis Ababa.

This is an historic moment for the prospects of peace and development in the two countries, as well as for the sustainable consolidation of security and stability in the Horn of Africa region.

The Portuguese Government would like to highlight the courage and spirit of compromise displayed by the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, leading to the end of the 22-year interregnum in the relations between the two countries, and to encourage the continuation of mutually beneficial dialogue and constructive collaboration.

Portugal hereby manifests its availability to support both countries’ efforts to normalize their relations within the framework of the work being carried out by the international community as a whole towards that goal

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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.


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.


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).




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