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Portuguese Ambassador To Sign Protocol Agreement In Cork

22 April 2013

The Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland Bernardo Futscher Pereira will sign a Protocol Agreement between UCC and The Camoes Institute Portugal at Aula Maxima, UCC on Monday 22nd April 2013 at 6pm.
Ambassador Bernardo Futscher Pereira of Portugal will be in Cork, together with Jose Ramos, Portuguese Trade Commissioner to Ireland/Director of Portugal Trade and Tourism Board.
The purpose of this important visit to Cork is two-fold, within the format of their visit on Monday.
Ambassador Pereira and Jose Ramos, Director Ireland will arrive in Cork on Monday afternoon to conduct media interviews.    This will be followed by the UCC Event with a Cocktail Reception at the Aula Maxima at 6.30pm followed by Dinner at the River Lee Hotel which will be attended by Cork Airport and the travel trade and press in Cork.
The UCC Protocol Agreement will be signed by Ambassador Bernardo Futscher Pereira and the President of UCC, Dr.Michael Murphy.  This protocol secures the support of the Camoes Institute in Portugal in all activities to further the Portuguese language and culture in the University of Cork, and includes The Launch of a scholarship for one student from UCC to availa of summer language courses in Portugal.    This protocol will encourage the continued co-operation between Portugal and UCC, Cork, where the teaching of Portuguese started 60 years ago.
Portuguese companies invest heavily in Ireland, in particular HOVIONE, the pharmaceutical company which employs more than 150 people in the greater Cork area.  In fact there are over 300 Portuguese nationals living and working in Cork, mainly in ICT and pharmaceutical industries.
The Protocol Signing will end at 7.30pm at Aula Maxima Cork, with over 100 people expected to attend.
Ambassador Pereira and Director, Jose Ramos, will then host a Tourism Dinner at 7.30pm at the River Lee Hotel in Cork.     Jose Ramos will present a Seminar outlining the importance of outbound tourism from Cork to Portugal, with daily flights to Faro, and twice weekly flights to Lisbon for the Estoril Coast and beyond.  Kevin Cullinane, Marketing Manager, Cork Airport commented “The direct access to Faro and Lisbon with Aer Lingus gives easy access to Portugal’s key destinations of the Algarve and the Estoril coast for Munster clients. This is good business for Cork Airport but more importantly Portugal offers an outstanding destination choice with a myriad of holiday options, which is great for everyone.”

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