Prime Minister António Costa is is India drumming up trade and signing agreements duringa seven day State visit. One agreement is that India and Portugal will work out a co-production agreement in the film sector to run for a fixed period.
A further agreement between the public broadcasters of both the countries to share best practices and cooperate in technical and content related matters also was discussed at a meeting in New Delhi between India’s Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, and Portugal’s Minister of Culture, Luís Filipe Castro Mendes.
During the deliberations, Col. Rathore informed the Portuguese minister about on the Indian government’s initiative to encourage foreign film producers through the Film Facilitation Office. He also highlighted the National Film Heritage Mission which is digitising, restoring and preserving India’s the film heritage.
The ministers discussed also the possibility of a student exchange programme between educational institutions in both the countries.
Portugal’s Prime Minister is scgeduled to meet the Indian media's finest in Goa on January 12th, in an event to which many film producers have been invited.
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has appreciated the Portuguese PM’s support for India's bid for permanent membership of United Nations Security Council, currently blocked by China.
Modi added that partnerships being forged between Start-up Portugal and Start-up India will help both the countries in their mutual quest to innovate and progress, adding that the infrastructure, waste and water management, solar, wind energy and innovation sectors, all are full of opportunities to build strong commercial ties between two economies.
A total of six Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between India and Portugal, including one on defence cooperation.
Speaking on the relationship between the two countries, Modi said that he had an extensive discussion with the Costa in which they had reviewed the full range of India-Portugal ties.
The Indian PM said that the Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation would assist in harnessing the respective strengths of both the countries, for mutual benefit.
Both leaders called for eradicating terrorist infrastructure and safe havens and asked for the adoption of UN’s Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
“We also decided that both nations must focus on an action-oriented approach to realise the full potential of economic opportunities in our partnership. The agreements signed today are just one indication of our shared resolve to do exactly that,” said the Indian PM.
In the last leg of his visit to India, António Costa will be in Goa on 11-12 January, where he will meet the Governor and the Chief Minister, leaving him sufficient time to tour the area to which his roots can be traced.