Dear friends and colleagues
Welcome to Porto and Portugal!
It has been 9 years since Portugal last hosted the PIANC General Assembly (Estoril, May 2006, just before the 31st PIANC World Congress) and we are looking forward to meeting you all here, this time at the beautiful city of Porto.
In English, Porto means port and the word is still part of the word Portugal (port is portus in Latin), so you can imagine that Porto is one of the oldest cities in Portugal.
The venue of the AGA 2015 – Âlfandega Congress Centre – is quite an interesting downtown old building (the city former customs building), bordering the Douro River, that was modernized some years ago. It is very close to one of the major touristic flags of the city – the Ribeira quarter – where you can find small hotels and lots of typical restaurants and shops.
We have prepared a programme that we hope will give you a good overview of the second most important city of Portugal as well as of the most important port of the Northern part of our country – the Port of Leixões. The Douro River was not forgotten and it will be not only the subject of our Technical Seminar but also visited by your accompanying persons.
As part of the social programme, we would like to point out the Reception offered by the Mayor of Porto and also the AGA Banquet at the “Bolsa” Palace, in the “Árabe room”, no doubt one of the most beautiful rooms in the world. You cannot miss that!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Port of Leixões Authority (APDL) for having sponsored this event. Without it, it would not be possible. APDL also organized the Technical Seminar at its headquarters, in Matosinhos.
We hope you will enjoy your stay in Portugal and once again we welcome you all to PIANC AGA 2015.
WHEN AND WHERE
AGA 2015, ExCom, Technical Seminar
Start: 18 May 2015
End: 20 May 2015
Centro de Congressos da Alfândega - Porto