20 October 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

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Vice President meets Prime Minister of Portugal

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu had a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Antonio Costa, at the EU headquarters.

Highlights of the meeting:

Vice President of India said:

  • PM Costa’s successful State Visit to India in January 2017 when he had been honored with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award.
  • He also commended PM Costa for his personal commitment to strengthening India-Portugal relations.
  • He thanked PM Costa for joining the Committee set up to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi worldwide.
  • He also briefed about the developmental programmes of the Government of India such as “Beti Padhao Beti Bachao” and Clean India and flagship initiatives including the Make-in-India, Digital India and Make-in-India flagship programmes.
  • He said that defence, space, infrastructure and startups are areas that offer potential business opportunities.
  • He also thanked Portugal for reiterating its support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
  • He mentioned that India’s inclusion in the UNSC will bolster the credibility and effectiveness of the United Nations.

Prime Minister of Portugal said:

  • He was happy with the ongoing positive momentum in the 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.
  • He mentioned that Vision-Box, a Portuguese technology company 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.

Vice President meets Prime Minister of Greece

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu had a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, at the EU headquarters.


  • Both sides expressed satisfaction with the regular high-level contacts between the two countries and agreed to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two nations through greater economic and people to people exchanges.
  • India and Greece have traditional long-standing ties which go back to antiquity.

Highlights of the meeting:

Prime Minister of Greece said:

  • He informed about the economic conditions of Greece and the efforts taken by the government to restore stability to the financial system.
  • He commended that the growth of the Indian economy over the last few years has had a positive influence on the global economic situation.
  • He encouraged Indian companies to consider investing in Greece, particularly in the port sector.

Speech of the Vice President:

  • He thanked Prime Minister Tsipras for inviting India as the “Honored Country” at the Thessaloniki International Fair in 2019.
  • He said that India will be represented at the Fair with a strong business delegation.
  • He also briefed on India’s economic situation and the efforts being taken by the government to promote inclusive growth through the various developmental programmes and flagship initiatives.
  • He thanked Greece for its support for India’s membership to the various export control regimes and for its consistent support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed and expanded UN Security Council.
  • He also talked about the Greek scholar Demetrios Galanos who had translated, among other texts, the Bhagvad Gita into Greek.

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