"The pandemic we've been experiencing in the last year and a half has demonstrated the importance of savings, whether for the country or for each family or citizen," said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

"Although for many fellow citizens it is not easy to save, the promotion of national savings is important for the financing of public and private investment", he considered, pointing out that "the country's saving capacity is also a guarantee of autonomy and freedom in individual choices".

In addition, "savings allow citizens to face periods of greater difficulties and face unexpected situations", defended the head of state.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also considered that "the valuation of savings is particularly relevant in younger generations, through the promotion of financial literacy, something in which the school has played an increasingly important role".