Source : aicep Portugal Global
The AICEP – Trade & Investment Agency will organise the seminar “Portugal-Belgium: Business and Investment Opportunities”, on the 23rd of June, from 09:00am to 11:10am (Portugal Time), 10:00am to 12:10pm (Belgium Time).
In a globalised, post-pandemic and rather volatile world, Portugal can offer to the foreign investors, namely Belgian investors, a strategic location in Europe, also serving as a link to the African, North American and Latin American markets.
Belgian direct investment in Portugal grew by 174% between 2015 and 2019; the of investment stock stood, in March 2021, at 1 945 million euros. Several Belgian companies already have direct investments in Portugal. However, and given the potential for Belgian companies to expand their footprint in Portugal, there is still a lot of room for growth. Further, the attractiveness of the Portuguese economy has been confirmed, even during the Covid-19 period, by the number of new foreign investment projects undertaken as well as the reinvestments carried out by multinational companies already present in Portugal.
In this context and with the aim to present and promote the attractiveness of the Portuguese economy, its business and investment ecosystem and its competitive advantages, aicep Portugal Global – Trade & Investment Agency will organise the seminar “Portugal-Belgium: Business and Investment Opportunities”, on the 23rd of June, from 09:00am to 11:10am (Portugal Time), 10:00am to 12:10pm (Belgium Time).
This initiative, which will be held in a hybrid format, will draw the spotlight on Belgian companies which, in diverse sectors, are undertaking relevant projects in Portugal, and who will present their testimony. Further, Portuguese sector representatives will provide an overview on current affairs and the sectors of opportunity to invest in Portugal.
This event aims to encourage participating company representatives to further evaluate Portugal as a business destination, exploring emerging opportunities and contributing to the strengthening of bilateral relations.
In this event EY will present the results of the “FDI Attractiveness Survey Portugal 2021” its annual barometer on the attractiveness of the country.
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PROGRAMME (Draft version)
09:15: WELCOME REMARKS
EURICO BRILHANTE DIAS -Secretary of State for Internationalization
RUI TERENO – Ambassador of Portugal to Belgium
9:15 – 09:45: BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT ECOSYSTEM IN PORTUGAL
LUÍS CASTRO HENRIQUES – Chairman and CEO, aicep Portugal Global
MIGUEL FARINHA – Partner, Strategy and Transactions, EY “FDI Attractiveness Survey Portugal”
09:45 – 10:30: BELGIAN INVESTMENT IN PORTUGAL – PANEL DISCUSSION
STEVEN BRAEKEVELDT – CEO, Continental Europe / Head of Ageas Portugal
CHANTAL SOHIER – CEO, Group Strategic Sourcing Services BNP Paribas Fortis and President of the Portuguese-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (tbc)
INGE GEERDENS – CEO and Founder, CV Warehouse
10:30 – 11:00: SECTORS OF OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN PORTUGAL
JOAQUIM CUNHA – Executive Director, Health Cluster Portugal, “Opportunities in the Life Sciences industry”
MIGUEL CASTRO NETO – Deputy Director, Nova IMS Urban Analytics Lab Coordinator “Opportunities in smart cities”
PANELS MODERATED BY: MÓNICA SILVARES – Editor of ECO – Economia Online (tbc)
11:00 – 11:10 CLOSING REMARKS
GENEVIÈVE RENAUX – Ambassador of Belgium to Portugal
AUGUSTO SANTOS SILVA – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
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