On November 14, 2011, the President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva visited the main Cisco campus in San Jose, California where he met with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers. At the end of the meeting John Chambers welcomed the opportunity to highlight the performance of Cisco’s Customer Operations centers in Portugal, and expressed Cisco’s willingness to sustain its investment in the country.
Chambers also referenced Cisco’s continued support for Portugal’s efforts to build links with the Silicon Valley innovation and Venture Capital communities, which have the potential to help foster economic growth in the country.
During President Cavaco Silva’s visit to Cisco, we demonstrated Cisco HealthPresence, a telepresence-based technology that integrates a range of medical devices through the network. In addition to the healthcare presentation, President Cavaco Silva participated in a Cisco Telepresence Session where he met with the Cisco team in Portugal through this great technology. President Cavaco Silva visited the United States from November 9 through November 15, with stops in New York, Newark, Washington and California.
In New York, on November 9, President Cavaco Silva participated in the first UN Security Council meeting under Portuguese leadership. The meeting focused on the issue of protection for civilians during civil conflicts. In Washington President Obama hosted President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal for a meeting in the Oval Office on Wednesday, November 9th. The President welcomed the opportunity to reciprocate the warm hospitality that he received during his visit to Lisbon in November 2010.
The United States and Portugal are strong NATO allies and cooperate closely in the United Nations Security Council, where Portugal currently serves as Council President. The two Presidents also discussed the revitalized U.S.-Portugal Bilateral Commission, enhancement of bilateral economic and commercial relations, cooperation in education, science and technology, the promotion of democracy, good governance and human rights around the world, and U.S. support for Portugal’s implementation of its IMF-EU reform program.
In California, on November 13, the President of Portugal visited San Jose where he met with representatives from the Portuguese-American community. On November 14, the Portuguese President met with the Venture Capital community, and visited Silicon Valley and Stanford University. On his visit to Cisco, President Cavaco Silva was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Carlos Nuno Oliveira, and by the Ambassador of Portugal in Washington DC, Nuno Brito, amongst other executives.
Watch Portuguese TV’s (RTP) coverage of the visit here (in Portuguese and English)