Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa today expressed keen interest in extending the joint research programmes between National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and Portuguese research institutions and assured his support to improve understanding of oceanographic processes and utilization of its resources.
Mr Costa, along with a high-level delegation, today visited NIO at Dona Paula in the city during his two-day-long tour to Goa.
During the visit to NIO, the high-level delegation, led by the Prime Minister, agreed upon to extend the collaborative research programmes and also expressed their willingness to initiate new programmes in the field of marine robotics, global navigation systems and microbial biotechnology.
The high-level delegation of Portugal comprises Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Science, Technology & Higher Education Manuel Heitor, Ambassador of Portugal in India Joao da Camara, Consul General of Portugal in Goa Rui Baceira, Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Rita Faden, President ofCouncil of Rectors of Portuguese Universities Antonio Cunha, Diplomatic Advisor Prime Minister Bernardo Lucena and other officers participated.
NIO director Dr Prasanna Kumar welcomed the Portuguese delegation.
Mr Costa was informed about various programmes undertaken by NIO to improve the understandings of oceans.
The Portuguese delegation was shown the various projects and equipment designed in collaboration with institutions from Portugal. Director of National Geographic Research Institution Dr V M Tiwari, head of DGTC, CSIR Dr A Chakraborty and other scientists were present on the occasion.
Earlier to this, Prime Minister Costa visited residence of Consul General of Portugal in Goa, where Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar along with Deputy Chief Minister Francis Dsouza called uponMr Costa.
In the meeting leaders discussed various issues to strengthen the ties between both the countries. They also highlighted the cultural and scientific exchange with India.
Chief Minister Parsekar mentioned about Uniform Civil Code implemented during the Portuguese rule and still practised in Goa and appreciated across the country.
The Portugal Prime Minister arrived in Goa late last evening and would be leaving Goa tomorrow.UNI AKM SS SHS SHK 2144
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