Words of Wisdom: Portugal is a Country of Opportunity and Partner in Pluralism

As I have traveled throughout the world in recent years, one of the most hopeful developments I have identified is the emergence of countries with the potential to become “Countries of Opportunity.” And certainly Portugal has been earning a high place on that list.

 

His Highness the Aga Khan receives a standing ovation after delivering a historic address to Portugal's Members of Parliament in the Senate Chamber of the Portuguese Parliament Building. In attendance were His Highness' family, government officials, dignitaries and leaders of the Ismaili Imamat and the Ismaili Community.
His Highness the Aga Khan receives a standing ovation after delivering a historic address to Portugal’s Members of Parliament in the Senate Chamber of the Portuguese Parliament Building. In attendance were His Highness’ family, government officials, dignitaries and leaders of the Ismaili Imamat and the Ismaili Community. AKDN / M. Govindji

To become a Country of Opportunity is not an easy matter, it is something that the people and the government of a nation must work at, creatively, patiently, and persistently.

 

A Country of Opportunity is one that builds on the strengths of its past, while also addressing its problems, embracing enduring values while respecting a variety of viewpoints. Countries of Opportunity value legal structures that create a climate of predictability and confidence, an enabling environment for creative change.

 

A Country of Opportunity is one that encourages cooperation among diverse interests, fostering partnerships between government and the private sector, for example, while also encouraging those private organisations that are designed to serve public goals, what we often call the institutions of civil society.

 

It is because of such factors that we can think today of Portugal as a Country of Opportunity, a Country that seeks to honour both its past achievements and its future opportunities, to embrace both the gift of social stability and the promise of social progress. And the Portuguese Parliament is to be commended for its role in that encouraging story.

–Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Parliament of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal (10 July 2018)

via AKDN’s Speeches & Interviews – http://www.akdn.org/press-centre/speeches

http://www.akdn.org/speech/his-highness-aga-khan/address-his-highness-aga-khan-parliament-portugal

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.