Welcome to the page of the Embassy of Portugal in Canberra! 2018 will be a year of consolidation. Our main tasks will continue to be the promotion of bilateral relations between Portugal and Australia in the political, economic, commercial, cultural and tourism areas.
An important business delegation from the European Australian Business Council (EABC), headed by His Excellency the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, will visit Lisbon in July 2018. Foreign investment, trade and higher education will be on the agenda.
Special attention is also being given to the Portuguese language policy and external cultural action in line with the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language (CICL) guidelines, and in collaboration with the Coordination for the Portuguese Language Programs and Education Affairs in Australia (CEPE-AU), also based at the Consulate General in Sydney. Fado will be in our agenda at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as well as other musical events connected to Portugal, the host country of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Along with the Consulate General of Portugal in Sydney and the Honorary Consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and Perth, the Embassy of Portugal oversees the welfare and consular protection of more than 50,000 Portuguese people who live in Australia. This year the Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Abroad will visit Australia for the second time.
An additional word to underline the success of the Work and Holiday arrangements for youth mobility between Portugal and Australia. These arrangements allow two hundred young people from each of the contracting parties to travel in tourism and work in the other country, taking the opportunity to deepen their knowledge based on a unique experience, and to contribute to a higher socio-cultural exchange between the two nations. This year a similar arrangement will be signed with New Zealand.
Let us work together to honor Portugal and serve the Portuguese communities, especially those who live, work or study in Australia and New Zealand, by promoting the hallmarks of Portugal in the twenty-first century.
Paulo Cunha Alves
Ambassador of Portugal to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific States