Indian origin Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa will come to India next month on a State visit from January 6 to 12. During his last leg journey, he plans to visit Goa between January 11 and 12.
PM Costa, who traces his roots in Goa, will spend some time in his ancestral place Margao. He would also meet the Governor and the Chief Minister of Goa.
External Affairs Ministry said in a statement, “Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa will be visiting India on a state visit from January 6 to 12, 2017, on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
PM Costa and PM Modi will hold talks on January 7 in New Delhi. During his visit, PM Costa is expected to visit President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Both the leaders will discuss how to deepen engagement in diverse areas including trade and investment.
He will also attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas as the chief guest. This is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on January 8 and 9.
The PM born in Lisbon in 1961 and he was the son of writer Orlando da Costa, who was of Goan, French and Portuguese descent.
In last November, he took charge as PM which creating headlines in India. The MEA statement said Costa is accompanied by several ministers.
The ministry statement stated, “Several MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) are expected to be signed during the visit that would set the agenda for India-Portugal relations going forward.”
He will also participate in some business events. He will also attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on January 10 at Gandhinagar.
The bilateral trade between these two countries is rising steadily. In 2014-15 the volume of annual bilateral trade was USD 692.19 million and both the nations are eager to enhance it further.