Brussels, Oct 20 (IENews) India has sought collaboration with Portugal in areas of defence, space, infrastructure and startups.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu met Portugal’s Indian-origin Prime Minister Antonio Costa on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe Summit here and said the two countries should collaborate in new areas of cutting-edge technology.
Naidu said that defence, space, infrastructure and startups are the areas that offer potential business opportunities.
Costa, who is of Goan-origin, said he was happy with the ongoing positive momentum in bilateral relations.
He said that India-Portugal bilateral trade was on the rise and that Portuguese companies were encouraged by the potential of the Indian market.
Costa mentioned Vision-Box, a Portuguese technology company that had recently secured a contract from Bengaluru International Airport to facilitate seamless and paperless air travel using facial recognition biometric technologies.
He also mentioned that Portugal had recently signed a MoU with Goa for a pilot project for water supply and waste water management as part of the Panaji Smart City initiative.
Naidu recalled Costa’s successful State Visit to India in January 2017 when he was honoured with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award.
He commended Costa for his personal commitment to strengthening India-Portugal relations and thanked him for joining the Committee set up to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi worldwide