Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has said that his country’s priority is to have joint expertise in various areas of the economy.
In his keynote address at the India-Portugal Business Forum in Mumbai, de Mr Sousa said that India is an economic and social global power and the largest democracy in the world.
Stating that both India and Portugal know each other for a long time, Mr de Sousa said that both Portugal and India are not just the European or Asian countries or cultures but they are universal. The President said the two countries work with the world, for the world be it for the peace, freedom, sustainable development or climate change.
The forum, organised by industry bodies, CII, ASSOCHAM and FICCI, was also attended by Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State of Internationalisation of Portuguese Republic Eurico Brilhante Dias, and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, besides industry leaders from the two countries.
Addressing the forum, Mr. Goyal said that both India and Portugal are focused on economic growth, investment, industry and innovation. Mr. Goyal said that during his meeting with the Portuguese business delegation, he discussed various sectors such as real estate and infrastructure development.
He said the Indian government is keen to expand its relationship with Portugal. The minister also said that it has been decided to hold the next session of the India-Portugal Joint Economic Committee in India soon to review the gamut of the bilateral trade and economic relations.