Nizhny Novgorod Governor Valery Shantsev stated that the visit of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Portugal Mario Godinho de Matúš to the region was a landmark event against the backdrop of the current economic conditions.
The head of the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Portuguese ambassador discussed issues of socio-economic cooperation. Nizhny Novgorod and one of the cities of Portugal may establish sister city relations.
"For us, it is very important to enter into such a relationship with Portugal. We are always ready to welcome new investors. The system that has been formed in the Nizhny Novgorod region will work for the Portuguese business, taking into consideration the fact that the Portuguese language is one of the disciplines studied at the Nizhny Novgorod State University named after Lobachevsky," said Shantsev.
Mario Godinho de Matúš believes that the Nizhny Novgorod region and Portugal may cooperate in the production of cars and footwear. Representatives of Portuguese businesses plan visiting the region to establish business contacts. The office of the Honorary Consul of Portugal will appear in Nizhny Novgorod as well.
As part of the first visit to the Nizhny Novgorod region, the Portuguese Ambassador will be introduced to industrial, investment and tourism potential of the Nizhny Novgorod region. In particular, the ambassador will visit the Gorky Automobile Plant and read a lecture for students of the State Linguistic University named after N.A. Dobrolyubov.