The Ambassador of Portugal, Domingos Fezas Vital, and his wife, Isabel, paid a visit to the States of Georgia (Atlanta) and Texas (Austin, Houston), between April 24 to 29. In Atlanta, Ambassador Fezas Vital was the featured speaker at the closing ceremony of the “Year of the Portuguese-Speaking World” conference, with an attendance of more than 200 people that filled the auditorium of Kennesaw University of Georgia. The Portuguese Ambassador attended a conference on investment opportunities in Portugal at the Georgia Tech University and participated in several business related events with the Portuguese Trade and Investment Commissioner, Rui Boavista Marques.
In Texas, Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital was the guest speaker at the Baker Institute of the Rice University, in Houston, for a panel discussion about “US-Portugal Bilateral Relations”. The rest of the stay in Houston included fruitful meetings with the Portuguese and Portuguese-American community, and with some of the main companies of Portuguese origin. While in Austin, the Ambassador met Portuguese teachers and researchers, based in Texas under the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation agreement with the University of Texas. It was an excellent opportunity to share views on the bilateral relationship with the US regarding science and technology cooperation.
The Governor of Texas hosted the Portuguese Ambassador for a meeting about opportunities for Portugal and Texas on different areas of expertise. Governor Gregg Abbot was also interested to know more about Portuguese and European Union overall economic and political state of play. Ambassador Fezas Vital also met Austin Mayor Steve Adler to discuss how to further cooperation in the field of innovation. Portugal's "WebSummit" (link) and Austin's "Smart Cities Innovation Summit were part of the agenda.