Author: Gaston Ocampo

On 12 July, the Colombian Ambassador to Portugal, José Fernando Bautista, organised a cocktail party in honour of the President of IPDAL, Doctor Paulo Neves, at the Colombian Official Residence.

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IPDAL was invited to participate in the Session to present the results of the 1st Call for Triangular Cooperation Projects and Initiatives between Ibero-America and Portuguese-speaking African Countries. This event in the context of cooperation between Camões, I.P., and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) was attended by Andrés Allamand, Ibero-American Secretary General, Paulo Rangel, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Nuno Sampaio, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Ana Fernandes, President of Camões, I.P.

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The memorandum of understanding between IPDAL and CE-CPLP was signed on 4 July. The agreement aims to strengthen and make viable a strategic triangle between Portugal, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. The parties have committed to sharing information and experiences, as well as organising joint activities to promote commercial and business relations between the three continents. This memorandum represents a significant step towards strengthening multilateral relations and promoting economic and commercial development in the regions involved.

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A round table entitled “Ukraine’s role in European security: current situation and prospects” was held in Lisbon. The event was moderated by the Secretary General, Gastón Ocampo, and organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in Lisbon and the Historical Society of the Independence of Portugal. Participants included José Ribeiro e Castro, President of the Historical Society of the Independence of Portugal, Ana Isabel Xavier, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, Oleksandr Balanutsa, Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine, and Maryna Mykhailenko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Portugal.

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On June 12th, IPDAL and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s offices for Spain, Italy, and Portugal held a high-level dialogue dedicated to analyzing the results of the European elections on June 9th. This conversation brought together, in Lisbon, some of the Foundation’s key regional leaders, as well as ambassadors and diplomats, business leaders, and other parties interested in the topic. Dr. Paulo Sande kicked off the proceedings with a brief contextualization of the European political landscape followed by a debate between representatives of the main Portuguese parties: João Torres from the Socialist Party, Regina Bastos from the Social Democratic Party, and…

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IPDAL was at the Epic Sana Lisboa, where the XIII edition of the Strategic Triangle Meeting was held on 15 and 16 May. Attended by several prominent figures from the public and private sectors, such as Adrián Bonilla, Ana Paula Fernandes, Celeste Hagatong, Inês Domingos, Jorge Argüello, Luciana Botafogo, Nelma Fernandes, Rafael Alves Rocha, Rui Miguel Santos, and Vítor Ramalho, the main event on triangular discussion and cooperation in Portugal was a huge success. The conference was opened by Paulo Neves, President of IPDAL: ‘I hope that Latin America increasingly gets to know Africa, and that Africa gets to know…

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IPDAL kicked off the month of May with the IV edition of Mafra Dialogues, on the 2nd and 3rd at the Convento de Mafra.The only conference in Portugal dedicated to strategic dialogues and peace diplomacy brought together the world’s leading voices on conflict resolution, human rights, and diplomacy, such as His Eminence D. Ivo Scapolo, Oksana Prodan, Ana Isabel Xavier, and Igor Ivanovich Zhovkva. Mafra Dialogues had the honor of receiving a reading from Archbishop Ivo Scapolo, Apostolic Nuncio in Lisbon, of the message from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See: ‘Unfortunately, we live in a…

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The President of IPDAL, Paulo Neves, and the Secretary General, Gastón Ocampo, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, who expressed an interest in strengthening joint work. The Minister showed that one of the priorities for working together with our country is to attract investment to El Salvador, with an emphasis on tourism and renewable energies, but also to focus on other initiatives in the areas of education, infrastructure, innovation, social welfare and the economy.

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During her tour of China and Europe, Diana Mondino, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina, made her final stop in Lisbon. In our capital, she was received by IPDAL at a round table with Portuguese investors and private sector representatives. At the Grémio Literário, the event aimed to detail the reforms implemented in Argentina, discuss bilateral investment opportunities and explore possibilities for collaboration.

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The 13th annual edition of the leading event dedicated to transatlantic triangulation, South-South cooperation and multilateralism will take place at the Epic Sana Lisboa (Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 15). This influential meeting will bring together a distinguished list of speakers from the public and private sectors from around the world over two action-packed days. Scheduled for May 15 and 16, 2024, the event aims to promote fundamental discussions that transcend geographical and political divisions, shaping the future of international relations between the continents. The agenda promises a series of high-impact panels, each dedicated to critical areas such as multilateral development…

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