Published on July 23, 2021.
The Vice President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Artur Lima, is on an official visit to the United States from July 23-30, where he will attend the 45th Bilateral Standing Commission in Washington (DC) and visit California, the Portuguese-American To contact community and to contact various agencies and politicians.
In California, Artur Lima will meet the Consul General in San Francisco and various local bodies and associations, namely the California Portuguese-American Coalition (CPAC), the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS), the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America ( PFSA) and Hilmar’s Casa dos AÃ§ores.
The government official will also meet with Portuguese Honorary Consul in Tulare, Diniz Borges, and the Rector of the University of California State University Fresno, SaÃºl Jimenez-Sandoval.
Vice-President Lima has also planned meetings with politicians and business people of Azorean origin to deepen political and economic ties between the Autonomous Region of Azores and its diaspora.
On July 28th, he will be attending the 45th Bilateral Standing Commission to be held in Washington DC. On the agenda are topics related to the US military airfield Lajes on the island of Terceira, namely environmental, labor and infrastructure issues as well as cooperation with the Azores in areas such as education and health.
Artur Lima is accompanied by the Regional Director for European Affairs and External Cooperation, Carlos Amaral, as an effective member of the Azores Regional Government in the Technical Commission.
The Bilateral Standing Commission is a body established by the 1995 Co-operation and Defense Agreement between Portugal and the United States with the aim of promoting co-operation between the two countries.
For the past 70 years, the US Air Base Lajes has been one of the top seven US Air Force bases in Europe, providing refueling and other support to the US military, NATO aircraft, and crew members crossing the Atlantic.
Source: Press release
That Azores (250,000 inhabitants) is a region of Portugal that consists of nine islands. The archipelago, discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became the Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976; the regional government and the presidency with parliamentary legitimation, consisting of a president, a vice-president and seven regional secretaries who are responsible for the executive branch of the regional government. The Autonomous Region of Azores is represented in the Central Government’s Council of Ministers by a representative appointed by the Portuguese President. According to the latest US census, the US is home to over 1.3 million people of Portuguese descent, most of them with Azorean roots. It is estimated that there are over 20,000 US citizens living in Portugal.