Study Visit Coimbra – Valle del Cauca, July 4-6, 2022

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Santa Cruz do Bussaco Convent, Luso

A delegation from Valle del Cauca, Colombia carried out its study visit in Coimbra, Portugal

As part of the cooperation activities between Coimbra (Portugal) and Valle del Cauca (Colombia), a delegation of three members from Valle del Cauca regional government and ProPacífico, carried out their study visit in Coimbra from July 4th through July 6th, 2022.

The regions seek to exchange knowledge and good practices to boost their economic reactivation based on strategic sectors and existing attractions, including natural and cultural assets, and the production capacity of goods and services. During the study visit, delegates had the opportunity to wrap up of the previous visit to Valle del Cauca and deepen conversations, furthermore they identified key areas where labor force in Coimbra region is scarce while Valle del Cauca students and young professionals are looking for work opportunities.

Representatives from both regions visited several of the 19 participating municipalities of the Intermunicipal Community of Coimbra Region (Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região de Coimbra). Among the developed activities, representatives had the opportunity to visit the Bussaco National Forest, to discover the gastronomic potential through the “4 Wonders of the Mealhada” project and wine routes, and a recent project for the innovation and commercialization of kiwis. Moreover, LouzanPark project (sports and leisure activities of the Municipality of Lousã), the Roman Museum (Condeixa) or the Coimbra School of Hospitality and Tourism of Coimbra are representative examples.

During the last day of the study visit, representatives of both regions carried out a reflection process on the following topics:

  • Promotion of the mobility of temporary workers and employment opportunities from Colombia to Portugal, especially in the primary sector (agriculture and livestock), tourism and hospitality activities.
  • Exchange of students and internships, as well as homologation qualifying titles for professional activity.
  • Networking promotion of wine producers from both regions.
  • Knowledge and tools transfer from the Portuguese to the Colombian region in the tourism promotion, with focus on gastronomy, natural heritage, sports and reduction of physical barriers.

It is worth highlighting that two delegates from Valle del Cauca government took advantage of the study visit to identify new opportunities in the country through the Embassy of Colombia in Portugal (Lisbon) and the Ambassador Alejandro Zaccour Urdinola. At the end of July 2022, rapprochements and pre-agreements have been achieved on employment, tourism, trade, and education.

Fundação Mata do Bussaco, Luso

Messias Cellars, Mealhada

Louzã Henriques Ethnographic Museum, Lousã

Quinta da Foz do Arouce, Lousã

Lousamel Cooperative, Lousã

PO.RO.S – Museu Portugal Romano em Sicó (Roman Museum), Condeixa-a-Nova

School of Hospitality and Culinary of Coimbra, Coimbra

University of Coimbra, Coimbra

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