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Capt. Somesh Batra appointed Honorary Consul of Portugal in Mumbai

Monday, August 07, 2017
By A Business Reporter

“India-Portugal bilateral relationship is at a great moment today with the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Portugal and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa’s visit to India in January 2017. In order to strengthen this relationship further, the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa, in association with World Trade Centre Mumbai (WTC), has organized this exhibition to showcase the paintings of Deviprasad C. Rao. This exhibition is part of the bilateral cultural agenda of India and Portugal, presented by Portuguese Diplomatic Missions in New Delhi and Goa.

“I take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Capt. Somesh Batra, Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai as the Honorary Consul of Portugal in Mumbai,” said Rui Carvalho Baceira, The Consul General of Portugal in Goa at the inaugural ceremony of a Painting Exhibition ‘My Journey to Portugal’ at WTC Mumbai on August 4, 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, Capt. Somesh Batra said, “I feel deeply honoured that the Portuguese Republic has reposed faith in me through this significant honorary diplomatic assignment. I pledge my continuing commitment to enhance bilateral relationship between India and Portugal to the mutual benefit of both the nations. This painting exhibition inspires me to recall the well known Indian architect Charles Correa who designed a beautiful diagnostic centre in Lisbon.

Artist Deviprasad C. Rao, in his remarks, said, “The paintings displayed in this exhibition depict the historical heritage of Portugal with the present day state of each city and town. The paintings showcase most of the central and northern cities of Portugal such as Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Porto, Braga and a few others. I thank World Trade Centre Mumbai for giving me the opportunity to display my paintings.”

Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, WTC Mumbai said, “I thank the Consul General of Portugal in Goa for giving us an opportunity to exhibit the paintings on Portugal. This exhibition is a great opportunity to promote the culture and tourism potential of Portugal. The paintings of Rao depict various historical and cultural sites in Portugal. In the past, World Trade Centre Mumbai has organized similar exhibitions to promote tourism and culture of various other countries. India’s annual bilateral trade with Portugal has grown considerably from USD 157 million in 2000-01 to USD 812 million today. I expect the bilateral trade to grow further in the coming years.”

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