The President of the Regional Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, received today the representatives of all Casas dos Açores from around the world, expressing words of “gratitude, recognition and commitment.”
“This is a moment of encounter and re-encounter of “Açorianidade”. Therefore, on behalf of the Azores, on behalf of the Regional Government, I would like to leave a word of affectionate gratitude, recognition and commitment to all who are true ambassadors of the Azores in the world, representing our soul and sense of belonging, regardless of the place where we live.” remarked President Bolieiro.
Referring to the pandemic period, that prevented similar initiatives in the recent past, he said that “affection is not transmitted digitally in the same way as in-person,” and that he was proud of the “prestigious legacy” of all Casas dos Açores.
“The entire Government is committed to maintaining its commitment to these relationships and to be able to foster a relationship which has a strategic meaning,” said President Bolieiro, evoking the archipelago’s potential in the area of tourism and in terms of economic investment, as examples.
The meeting, organized by the Vice-Presidency of the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Directorate for Communities, has the goal to analyse and debate the main challenges that Casas dos Açores are currently facing.
The event included a photographic exhibition titled “Diaspora no Feminine” by Portuguese-Canadian journalist Humberta Araújo, taking place in the Vila do Porto at the Santa Maria Museum.
The XXIII General Assembly of the World Council of the Azores Houses [XXIII Assembleia Geral do Conselho Mundial das Casas dos Açores], is meeting from today until Sunday on the island of Santa Maria. Participants include the leaders of the 16 Casas dos Açores headquartered in Brazil, Canada, the United States of America, Bermuda, Uruguay and mainland Portugal.
The World Council of Azores Houses was created on November 13, 1997, in the city of Horta, with the objective of promoting and developing activities that contribute to the affirmation of the Azores and its diaspora in the world and to the development of social relations, between the archipelago and the regions where each one of the Casas dos Açores is located.
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