Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa who arrived in New Delhi on Saturday an official weeklong visit to India.
During his visit, his is expected to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ink deals on various developmental issues.
Saying that this visit has a strong emotional a personal motivation for him, Costa said he is honoured by invitation of PM Modi.
“As a person of Indian origin I am honoured by invitation of PM Modi. I hope my visit will lay foundation for a robust and forward-looking 21st-century partnership between India and Portugal,” said Costa
The Indian-origin Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa will be the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 9.
Bilateral trade between India and Portugal stands at US $ 692 mn in FY 2015-16. Portuguese investment in India stands at $36.4 mn and Costa says he is determined to strengthen ties more and more.
Portugal ranks 56th position in Foreign Direct Investments to India. The country has a very large Indian origin Diaspora. An estimated 7500 people of Gujarati origin live in Portugal now.6935 Indian nationals live in Portugal. 4990 visa were given to Portuguese nationals between 1 Jan 2016 to 30th November 2016.
During his visit, the Portuguese PM will also be the chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Bengaluru on 8-9 January 2017.
PM Costa will also attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on 10 January 2017 at Gandhinagar. Several MoUs are expected to be signed during the visit that would set the agenda for India-Portugal relations going forward. PM Costa is likely to be accompanied by several Ministers.
In the last leg of his visit to India, PM Costa will be in Goa on 11-12 January 2017. In Goa, he would be meeting the Governor and Chief Minister. PM Costa will also spend some time at his ancestral place in Goa.
Under the ‘Know Goa’ Programme sponsored by the Government of Goa, three Goan diaspora youth in 2015 and two youth in 2016 visited Goa to reconnect with their roots.