SCI Global Conversations is a program series designed to connect with leading global experts and members of SCI's Global Awareness Team.

“Portugal’s Presidency of the European Union”

From January 1 to June 30, 2021, Portugal will preside over the Council of the European Union.  As Portugal assumes the EU presidency, the impact of COVID-19 and its socio-economic consequences, provide many challenges for the upcoming term.  

During our Global Conversation Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital will discuss Portugal’s priorities during its presidency.  In addition, Ambassador Fezas Vital will discuss diaspora programs and opportunities to develop sister city relationships between U.S. and Portuguese cities.

January 28, 2021

1:00 PM EST


Leroy Allala

President & CEO, Sister Cities International


Ambassador Fezas Vital

Ambassador of Portugal to the United States

Carolina Rendeiro

Sister Cities International Portugal Country Representative and Chief Marketing & Development Officer of Connect2Global, Inc.

Maria Dolores Hernandez Montoya

Director of International Relations; Government of Guadalajara, Mexico

Ronda Pierce

SCI Country Representative for Tanzania
Co-Chair for Sister Cities of Durham, Arusha Committee


  • Carolina RendeiroChief Marketing & Development Officer of Connect2Global, Inc., will introduce and lead this month’s discussion with Ambassador Fezas Vital.
  • Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital  – The Ambassador of Portugal to the United States.

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