The 5th edition of Leiria Centro Exportador
26 Oct 2023
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) will be present at the 5th edition of Leiria Centro Exportador.
The event is focused on internationalization, where participants will be able to attend conferences related to the theme and learn more about companies and organizations that provide support services to internationalization.
Participation is free, but subject to mandatory registration at https://leiriacentroexportador.com/.
Informal Business Drinks
30 Oct 2023
The next Informal Business Drinks edition will take place on October 30th at 6:30PM at Casa da Arquitectura in Matosinhos.
Participation is free, but subject to mandatory registration sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 29th. Don't miss this occasion to network and share business opportunities on a global scale.
In Hong Kong
We warmly welcome Abreu Advogados as a new Supporting Member of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI)!
Abreu Advogados is a big four independent law firm with over 30 years of experience in the Portuguese market, navigating in tomorrow’s sectors and industries. As a full-service law firm, Abreu Advogados is recognized as the 11th fastest growing law firm in Europe by The Lawyer with 51% growth in 5 years. The team holds a high degree of specialization in key industries for Portuguese and African economies, such as Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate, Banking, Technology, Life Sciences, Projects, Tourism and Hospitality, having dedicated key partners by sectors.
In 2012, Abreu Advogados entered into a co-operation and partnership agreement with the Law Firm C&C Advogados, one of the most prestigious law firms in Macao. This initiative allows the joint provision of legal services to national and international clients, not only in Portugal and Macao, but also in other markets of mutual interest, including China, Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, Cape Verde and Timor-Leste.
For more information regarding Abreu Advogados, please go to https://abreuadvogados.com/.
Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises (OASES)
The inauguration for the newly established Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises (OASES) took place today in Hong Kong. The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) was present and represented by its Board Member, Ms. Carmen Wu.
It was attended by key government officials, top management of strategic enterprises, as well as principal stakeholders, including the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong S.A.R., Mr. John Lee, and the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong S.A.R., Mr. Paul Chan.
“China (Shenzhen·Bao’an) – Portugal (Lisbon) Economic & Trade and Cooperation Conference”
Congrats to the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC for organizing the successful Bao’an Shenzhen programme in Portugal, which took place on September 25th and 26th, 2023, in Oeiras and Lisbon.
The General Secretary of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Carlos Torres, was the designated witness of the agreement between ViniPortugal and Bao’an Investment Agency.
Bao’an is a district in Shenzhen, one of the leading cities of the Greater Bay Area (GBA). After 40 years of development, it has gradually become the place for high-end and intelligent manufacturing, innovative enterprises and globally influential talent. In the first half of 2020, there were more than 795,000 businesses registered in Bao'an, of which 50,600 were manufacturing enterprises. It was home to 3,682 industrial enterprises above designated size, ranking number 1 in the city. There were over 4,885 national high-tech enterprises in Bao'an, top ranked among all the districts and counties in the province.
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) was invited to attend the Chinese Embassy in Portugal’s reception in Lisbon, to celebrate the 74th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
Several hundreds of guests were present at the ceremony, including the Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Bentang, mayors of various Portuguese cities, members of the Portuguese parliament, and distinguished representatives from the Portuguese business community.
It was encouraging to see the interest in continuing and fostering the strong relations that China and Portugal have built up for over 500 years.
Europe Forum 2023
Paris gave a warm welcome to the Europe Forum 2023. This Forum is the annual meeting of the Hong Kong Business Associations in Europe, where each country shares its latest updates and best practices, and where the future of Hong Kong as a connection platform between Asia and Europe is discussed.
Besides the presence of representatives of the European Hong Kong Business Associations, the Europe Forum was also attended by the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong S.A.R., Mr. Paul Chan, the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms. Shirley Yung, and HKTDC Regional Director for Europe, Central Asia & Israel, Mr. Silas Chu.
"Think Business, Think Hong Kong" symposium
The "Think Business, Think Hong Kong" symposium took place at the Carroussel du Louvre in Paris.
The event, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, showcases why Hong Kong is one of the most resilient business and innovation hubs facilitating global companies to capture new demands worldwide and realise business opportunities.
It was attended by over 100 Hong Kong business leaders, investors, start-ups and deal flow professionals, including the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong S.A.R., Mr. Paul Chan, the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms. Shirley Yung, HKTDC Regional Director for Europe, Central Asia & Israel, Mr. Silas Chu, the Associate Director-General of Invest Hong Kong, Mr. Jimmy Chiang, the Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide, Mr. Hans Poulis, and the President of PHKCCI, Mr. Bernardo Mendia.
Business Conference on Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development
The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (Hong Kong) has invited PHKCCI to participate in the Business Conference on Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development, held on the 13th-15th September 2023, in Macao.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area) comprises the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province.
The goal of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) plan is ambitious and presents both challenges and opportunities for Hong Kong.
Belt & Road Summit
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has invited PHKCCI to participate in the Belt & Road Summit, which takes place today and tomorrow in Hong Kong.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) links economies, companies and organisations across the world in a programme designed to fast-track economic and social development, with special emphasis on underdeveloped regions looking to catch up with developed Western countries.
Hong Kong looks to serve as the buckle for the belt and key junction for the road, directing capital, talent and knowledge between the Belt and Road regions, especially between Mainland China and the rest of the world.
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) would like to congratulate and thank its member Bison Bank for moving up into the Corporate Gold Member category!
Bison Bank is a European based bank fully held by private Chinese capital from Hong Kong, focused on providing a wide and specialized range of Wealth Management, Depositary & Custody and Investment Banking services to individuals and institutional clients, through a seamless platform connecting European and Asian markets. It is headquartered in Lisbon and leverages the development of its business activities on the shareholder wide geographic reach – with a strong business presence in Europe, Hong Kong, mainland China, as well as in Africa.
For more info regarding Bison Bank, please go to https://www.bisonbank.com/.
The President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Bernardo Mendia, recently gave an interview to Chine-Magazine.Com regarding the relationship between Portugal and China.
Read the full interview (written in French) at https://lnkd.in/eJShyfy9.
The President of the Board of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Bernardo Mendia, travelled to Hong Kong, where he was received by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong S.A.R., Mr Algernon Yau. During the meeting, both exchanged views on ways to further deepen economic and commercial cooperation between Portugal and Hong Kong and how to help companies from the two regions promote their brands and businesses abroad.
Bernardo also visited the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R. and the Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen.
The municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão invited the Luso-Chinese Textile Industry Cooperation Seminar participants to a debrifieng lunch meeting regarding their recent trip to China and to attend the inauguration of the Urban Art Installation "Famalicão Cidade Têxtil".
We would also like to congratulate Famalicão for being selected the European Entrepreneurial Region 2024! It is the only Portuguese city to receive this award in 2024, and the first territory in northern Portugal to join the group of European cities and regions awarded with this distinction.
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) warmly welcomes Global Citizen Solutions as its newest Supporting Member!
Global Citizen Solutions is a leading provider of immigration and citizenship solutions, based out of Portugal with global outreach, offering expert guidance and comprehensive services to individuals and families seeking to acquire alternative residency or citizenship. With a focus on integrity, professionalism, and client satisfaction, Global Citizen Solutions assists clients in navigating complex immigration processes and achieving their global mobility goals.
For more info about Global Citizen Solutions, please go to https://www.globalcitizensolutions.com/.
Business Drinks & Networking
We would like to thank all of the participants at the Informal Business Drink that took place last week at ANJE Café in Porto.
We’d also like to offer a special thank you to ANJE for the warm welcome, as well as to our fellow Chambers of Commerce involved in the organisation.
Invited by the Secretary of State for Internationalisation, Bernardo Ivo Cruz, the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) joined the meeting with representatives of the International Chambers of Commerce in Portugal to discuss the Strategy of Environmental, Social Responsibility and Good Governance for Portuguese SMEs.
Bernardo Mendia, the President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), recently met with the Secretary General of Forum Macao, Dr. Ji Xianzheng, in Lisbon.
The Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), also known as Forum Macao, was launched in October 2003. It is a multilateral, intergovernmental co-operation mechanism aimed at promoting economic and trade exchanges between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, by using Macao as a connecting platform.
The meeting took place as part of a visit to Portugal by a Delegation from the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum Macao and a reception by the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC.
For more information regarding Forum Macao, visit https://lnkd.in/dM5C6t2k
The Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, Mr. Zhao Bentang, received the recently elected Authority Bodies of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), for the three-year period 2023-2025, at the Chinese Embassy in Lisbon.
The main topic of discussion was the great potential in further deepening the relations between Portugal and China through Hong Kong S.A.R., and the advantages of international cooperation to drive economic growth, cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
PHKCCI would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate our strong, continued commitment to developing the Portugal-Hong Kong commerce and business ecosystem.
Business Mission to the South of Portugal
On May 11th to 13th, the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), in cooperation with the Association of Chinese Companies in Portugal (ASCP) and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC, organised a business mission around southern Portugal. It was headed by the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Portugal, Zhao Bentang, and attended by a delegation of 16 Chinese businessmen.
A special thanks to PHKCCI’s Supporting Member ASA LAWYERS PT, as well as Município Monchique, Câmara Municipal de Albufeira, Município de Lagos, Monchique Mineral Water, Azeite de Monchique- Lagar dos Pardieros, Hotel Alísios, SOPROMAR - Centro Náutico, NaturaFish and Congelagos.
Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI)’s Vice-President, Óscar Alberto Madureira was interviewed by Isto é o Povo a Falar / João Nuno Pinto regarding the poorly managed Golden Visa program, which the Portuguese Government recently announced it would put an end to.
Click here to access the full interview at https://lnkd.in/d8djTU3i
for an in-depth, independent and clarifying analysis of the many myths and actual benefits of this Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) tool, along with reasonable suggestions to maintain and improve it.
As adjustments to the bill are currently being discussed, this timely contribution by Oscar Madureira is particularly useful for members of the Portuguese Parliament in order to understand how to readjust the bill and make it even more valuable and beneficial for Portugal.
We warmly welcome Artyzen Club as a new Supporting Member of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI)!
Inspired by modern luxury lifestyle, Artyzen Club is an urban business club, dedicated to bringing together business and social communities in Hong Kong. Boasting a vista of Victoria Harbour, Artyzen Club provides members and their families and guests an array of dining venues and recreational and fitness facilities, as well as multifunctional spaces ideal for corporate and private events.
For more information regarding Artyzen Club, please go to https://www.artyzenclub.com.
Congratulations to PHKCCI's Supporting Member Mercan Properties on the opening of Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel!
This project alone is the result of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Portugal worth 56 million euros, by 160 investors, including many from Hong Kong, through the Golden Visa (GV) programme. The Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel created 119 direct jobs and 120 indirect jobs during its construction.
FDI in Portugal through GV has sourced an average of 700 million euros per year in the past 10 years, contributing to rebuilding many Portuguese cities and activating the real estate industry and the Portuguese economy.
This is the 7th hotel opened by Mercan Properties in Portugal and the company is already rehabilitating 20 other touristic real estate projects around the country.
Distinguished by the economic impact that its activity potentiates, Mercan Properties generates opportunities by using foreign investment to create high quality real estate assets and hospitality that guarantee employment, increase the potential of the surrounding areas, and offer a touristic experience at the best level.
jordi vilanova, President of Mercan Properties states: “The Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel is, without a doubt, one of the investments that make us most proud, as it fully demonstrates Mercan's ability to generate positive and direct contributions to the cities where we invest. We believe that this hotel illustrates, in the best way, how Mercan's investments have the capacity to generate wealth, prestige, and satisfaction for the city of Porto and for Portugal, especially by promoting job creation, as well as a whole range of actions that accelerate the green and sustainable development of the city, demonstrating its capacity to offer Portugal tourists, services of excellence, which place the country at the top of the world's tourist destinations."
Business Drinks & Networking
We would like to thank all of the participants at the Business Drinks & Networking that took place last week at the KOJI Bar on the top floor of the EPIC Sana Marquês Hotel in Lisbon.
We’d also like to offer a special thank you to SANA Hotels and to Bread & Friends for the warm welcome, as well as to the fellow Chambers of Commerce organizing the event.
By occasion of the visit to HK of the Member of the Portuguese Parliament, Mr. António Maló de Abreu, and the presence of the last Portuguese Governor of Macau, General Rocha Vieira, Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) had the honor to be invited to lunch by Club Lusitano, followed by a spectacular afternoon at the Rugby Sevens, the biggest annual world renown sports event in HK, attracting people from all over the world.
Club Lusitano is one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most celebrated social clubs, dating back over 155 years since the earliest years that Europeans settled in the former British colony. It was founded as a private members club for the local Portuguese community and to this day retains its unique Lusitanian cultural identity through its language, cuisine and membership. Membership is open to the Portuguese community resident in HK.
General Vasco Rocha Vieira at Quinta da Marmeleira's headquarters in Macau
General Vasco Rocha Vieira, the last Portuguese Governor of Macau (1991-1999), was greeted today at Quinta da Marmeleira's headquarters in Macau by Ms. Carmen Wu, Member of PHKCCI’s Board of Directors, and Mr. Wu Zhiwei and Mrs. Lao Chaopeng, representatives of PHKCCI's Corporate Gold Member, Quinta da Marmeleira. In addition to being the last Governor of Macau, the General had previously been Chief of General Staff of the Independent Territorial Command of Macau from 1973 to 1974 and Deputy Secretary for Public Works and Communications of the Government of Macau from 1974 to 1975. Before the handover he also founded the Jorge Álvares Foundation, named after the first Portuguese who, in 1513, arrived to China.
Interview for Kuriakos TV
Carlos Torres, General Secretary of PHKCCI, and Pedro Cortés, representative of PHKCCI's founding Corporate Gold Member, Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés - Advogados | Lektou | 力圖, recently gave an interview (in Portuguese) regarding the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area on the Kuriakos TV show "Manhãs na TV".
The President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Bernardo Mendia, was asked to comment in two separate articles by the popular Hoje Macau – one of the three daily newspapers published in Portuguese in Macau. The articles were written by occasion of the 20th anniversary of Forum Macau – the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries. Read both articles at: https://lnkd.in/d26aptMA
Bernardo Mendia, the President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Carmen Wu, Member of PHKCCI’s Board of Directors, and Mrs. Lao, representative of PHKCCI's Corporate Gold Member, Quinta da Marmeleira, had the pleasure to welcome the new Portuguese Ambassador to China, Mr. Paulo Jorge Nascimento, and the new Consul General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong, Mr. Alexandre Leitão, at Quinta da Marmeleira's restaurant, Marmeleira Seafood Restaurant, at the Venetian Hotel in Macau on March 26th.
Interview by ECO
Bernardo Mendia, the President of the Board of Directors of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) and General Secretary of the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC, explained in a recent interview by ECO that “Chinese investment in Portugal is very important for the Portuguese economy and above all has great potential in terms of greenfield projects” and that “it is not at all predictable that there will be a disinvestment from China, quite the contrary”. Bernardo continued stating that “we are, once again, facing a historical circumstance that could be short-lived, so we must be quick to sensitize the Chinese authorities to a greater balance of trade balance, in return for having a privileged interlocutor in Portugal”. Read the full interview at https://lnkd.in/dBeWExbn.
The second edition of the “International Forum – Export and Internationalization”
The second edition of the “International Forum – Export and Internationalization” took place this week at Sheraton Porto Hotel, with over 400 participants. It was inaugurated on the evening of March 14th with a Gala Dinner chaired by the Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and for Parliamentary Affairs of the Republic of Portugal, Ana Catarina Mendes, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Portugal, Zhao Bentang, and the Vice President of Porto City Council, Filipe Araújo. The Forum began in the morning of March 15th with sectorial and thematic interventions carried out by the Chambers of Commerce and by partners associated with the event. Paula Kant, head of investment promotion at InvestHK, presented the Hong Kong market outlook and opportunities in the Greater Bay Area.
Interview for Revista Macau
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI)'s President Mr. Bernardo Mendia and Secretary General Mr. Carlos Torres were recently interviewed by the Macanese newspaper Revista Macau. Read the full interview at https://lnkd.in/d3H6JgH9.
Luncheon organized by the EU-China Business Association (EUCBA)
The President of the Board of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Bernardo Mendia, attended a luncheon, organized by the EU-China Business Association (EUCBA), with the new Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the EU, Mr. Fu Cong, in Brussels on March 13th. The Chinese Ambassador and Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU addressed the EU-China trade and investment relations, highlighting the urgency for more high level dialogue and direct contact.
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) welcomes Vasco Invest Portugal as its newest Supporting Member
Vasco Invest Portugal is a real estate investment company that provides a range of services to clients who are interested in investing in the Portuguese real estate market with a focus on residential, commercial, hospitality and yielding assets.
Some of the primary services offered by Vasco Invest include:
1. Property Research: Vasco Invest conducts research and analysis to identify attractive investment opportunities in the Portuguese real estate market, according to the client’s criteria.
2. Due Diligence: Vasco Invest conducts thorough due diligence on all investment opportunities to ensure that they meet the client's investment criteria and that there are no hidden issues or risks associated with the property.
3. Acquisition: The company assists clients in acquiring properties that meet their investment objectives. They negotiate the best possible purchase price and ensure that all legal and administrative requirements are met.
4. Golden Visa Services: Vasco Invest also provides assistance to foreign investors who are interested in obtaining residency in Portugal through the Golden Visa program, including identifying eligible investment opportunities and navigating the application process.
Some of the key benefits of investing with Vasco Invest include access to a diversified portfolio of properties across various asset classes and a specialized expertise of the Portuguese market. Additionally, the company's management team handles all aspects of property acquisition making it a hassle-free investment option for investors.
For more info regarding Vasco Invest, please contact them at email@example.com
IberoAmerican Networking Reception in Hong Kong
Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) had the great pleasure to take part in the IberoAmerican Networking Reception promoted by Invest Hong Kong. Portugal was represented by the Honorary Consul of Portugal Dr. Ambrose So, and the Vice-President of Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) Mr. Gonçalo Frey-Ramos. This was the 1st event since the announcement of the mask mandate end. Hong Kong is back to normal.
Business Mission in Portugal
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), in cooperation with the Association of Chinese Companies in Portugal (ASCP) and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC, organised a business mission across several cities in Portugal. It was attended by the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Portugal, Zhao Bentang, and a delegation of 15 Chinese businessmen.
A special thanks to PHKCCI’s Corporate Gold Members Filstone Natural and Quinta da Marmeleira, as well as Município de Braga, Município de Guimarães, INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, TMG Group and Clube de Vinhos e Comércio for the warm welcome.
We warmly welcome Filstone as a new Corporate Gold Member of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI)!
Founded in 2002 with a family dream in mind, Filstone - Comércio de Rochas, S.A. is one of the leading companies in the natural stone sector in Portugal, dedicated to the extraction and sale of limestone and granite.
Filstone's positioning in the sector is due to the quality of its products, its ability to meet demanding deadlines and a competitive business strategy based on proximity to its customers and suppliers.
The certification of its products with the Stone PT brand reinforces its natural stone in the international market and reinforces the guarantee of its origin, giving it the status of one of the most respected in the market.
In 2021, Filstone opened two Filstone Centers in China, reinforcing the presence of its materials outside Portuguese borders. In the short term, Filstone intends to diversify and create new partnerships in other countries with a strong culture in the sector.
Today, more than 130 people make Filstone's dream come true and continue their selfless attitude, while having a strong commitment to surrounding communities and environmental sustainability.
For more info about Filstone, please go to https://www.filstone.com/.
The celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit - Porto, Portugal
The celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit took place last evening with a dinner reception in Porto, Portugal. It was hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels and over 160 participants joined the event in person. The reception was jointly organised by the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Bernardo Mendia, President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), gave an interview (in Portuguese) regarding Hong Kong and China on Kuriakos TV show "Isto é o Povo a Falar". If you didn't have the opportunity to watch it yet, we invite you to watch the full interview at https://lnkd.in/dkz3aZdj.
The President of the Board of Directors of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Bernardo Mendia, was received by the Macau European Chamber of Commerce at their headquarters in Macau. It was wonderful to be back in Macau and exchange ideas with MECC Board Members regarding promotion of business opportunities between Macau and Europe. PHKCCI looks forward to developing a closer partnership with MECC.
Chinese New Year’s celebration at the Noble Hall of the Porto City Council
PHKCCI's Vice-President, Mr. Óscar Alberto Madureira, and General Secretary, Mr. Carlos Torres, participated in the Chinese New Year’s celebration at the Noble Hall of the Porto City Council on January 20th.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Porto, Mr. Rui Moreira, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Portugal, Mr. Zhao Bentang, the Minister of Health, Mr. Manuel Pizarro, D. Duarte de Bragança, among other personalities.
We are proud to share with you the news that PHKCCI has won the Best Initiative Award (HK$10,000), the Outstanding Membership Award (HK$9,000), as well as the Percentage Increase Achievers’ Prize in Europe. These three distinctions are awarded by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.
Bernardo Mendia, President of PHKCCI and Secretary General at Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC was recently interviewed by the Macanese newspaper Hoje Macau. It was published by occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC.
Read the full interview at https://lnkd.in/duhA__Wa.
China Innovation Summit in Portugal
PHKCCI and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC organized the “China Innovation Summit in Portugal” at the Abreu Advogados HQs in Lisbon on December 13.
This event aimed to provide a platform for like-minded professionals to connect and share their industry experience and insights, presenting the background of Hong Kong and its development as a smart city and the HK Fintech 2025 strategy.
The panel of speakers featured Thomas Wong (CW CPA), Owen Wang (CW CPA & The Mindfood Club), Paula Kant (Invest Hong Kong), Stanley Ho (StartmeupHK ), Alba Ruiz Laigle (Alipay+), Diogo Brás (Bison Digital Assets), António Lucena de Faria (Fábrica de Startups S.A.) and Pascal Coppens.
PHKCCI welcomes Kerry Logistics as its newest Corporate Gold Member. Kerry Logistics is the master brand of Kerry Logistics Network Limited (KLN).
KLN is an Asia-based, global 3PL with a highly diversified business portfolio and the strongest coverage in Asia. The company offers a broad range of supply chain solutions from integrated logistics, international freight forwarding (air, ocean, road, rail and multimodal), industrial project logistics, to cross-border e-commerce, last-mile fulfilment and infrastructure investment.
With a global presence across 59 countries and territories, Kerry Logistics has established a solid foothold in half of the world’s emerging markets. Its diverse infrastructure, extensive coverage in international gateways and local expertise span across the Mainland of China, India, Southeast Asia, the CIS, Europe, Middle East, LATAM and other locations. For more info about Kerry Logistics, please go to www.kerrylogistics.com.
We warmly welcome Maven (Asia) Ltd as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!
Maven is the exclusive distributor in Hong Kong and Mainland China for Castelbel, a Portuguese company specialising in the manufacturing of fine toiletry soaps and other luxury fragranced products for the home and body.
Maven is also the exclusive distributor in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China for Costa Nova, a Portuguese brand that produces innovative and sustainable stoneware, made from the best natural resources in Portugal.
For more info about Maven, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.mavenhk.com/.
PHKCCI welcomes FB Solution as its newest Supporting Member!
FB Solution has been helping chefs and restaurant owners to find the best bakery products in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan since 2008. The company is the sole distributor of Bridor, Panidor and Traiteur de Paris brands and has become the leading importer and distributor of high-quality bakery and pastry in Hong Kong.
All their partners use cutting-edge freezing technology, so the delicate and distinctive quality of their recipes can be delivered to clients’ doorstep, with all quality and flavours preserved. FB Solution supports their clients’ and partners’ activities, through collaborating with brands that share this demand for excellence, in constant creation of new recipes.
For more information regarding FB Solution, please visit https://fbsolution.hk/.
On 19 December, the EU-China Business Association (EUCBA) organised an exclusive luncheon with HE Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Trade Commissioner #ValdisDombrovkis. The Commission represents and upholds the interests of the EU as a whole. Bernardo Mendia, President of PHKCCI, joined the event and the subsequent in-depth discussion.
From left to right: Kurt Vandeputte, Marco Bettin, Bernardo Mendia, Valdis Dombrovskis, Jochum Haakma, Gwenn Sonck, Timo Helosuo, Georg Zanger, Dong Fangkui, Tony Jin Yong
23rd Hong Kong Forum
On occasion of the 23rd Hong Kong Forum, PHKCCI's President Mr. Bernardo Mendia and Vice-President Mr. Óscar Alberto Madureira travelled to Hong Kong with a Portuguese delegation. It was great to return to Hong Kong and join the members of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide and other global business leaders.
Over 100 in-person participants gathered from around the world to listen to leaders including the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Mr. John KC Lee, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Ms. Margaret Fong, and the Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide, Mr. Hans Poulis.
The participants also had the chance to visit the Hong Kong International Airport, where a whole new airport city concept is under construction with completion date set for 2024. There were also visits to the West Kowloon Cultural District – M+ Museum, as well as the HKSTP - Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.
We warmly welcome Regidoce as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!
With over 30 years of experience and know-how in pastry making, Regidoce makes traditional and regional pastry products, recreating the flavors of the past with the quality of the present. Its recipes have their origin in Portuguese convents, and one of its greatest specialties is the famous “dan ta" (蛋挞) Pastel de Nata.
Regidoce is currently dedicated to three areas of the food industry: The manufacture of traditional and regional pastry and confectionery products, their distribution and respective commercialization.
For more info about Regidoce, please go to https://regidoce.pt/.
Comendador Ambrose So Award
Congratulations to Invest Hong Kong for having won the very first edition of the Comendador Ambrose So Award!
This Award is promoted by the PHKCCI and attributed biennially. Its main objective is to publicly honor citizens, companies and entities that have distinguished themselves by their achievements and/or contributions in the context of business relations between Portugal and Hong Kong.
Mr. Stephen Phillips (傅仲森), Director General of Investment Promotion at InvestHK, received the Award from Commander Ambrose So in a ceremony that took place at Club Lusitano in Hong Kong. The newly appointed Portuguese Ambassador in Beijing, Mr. PAULO JORGE NASCIMENTO, sent a congratulatory video message that was broadcasted during the event.
InvestHK has supported PHKCCI since its foundation and the two organisations continuously collaborate to strengthen economic and commercial relations between Portugal and Hong Kong. During the last three years, PHKCCI and InvestHK have together organised several events in Portugal, as well as online, with the aim to approach the Hong Kong and the Portuguese business communities.
We warmly welcome Mercan Properties as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!
Supported by Mercan Group’s over 30 years of international reputation and experience, Mercan Properties is the brand that develops real estate projects in the tourism sector in Portugal – a country increasingly viewed worldwide as an inescapable destination.
Distinguished by the economic impact that its activity potentiates, Mercan Properties generates opportunities by using foreign investment to create high quality real estate assets and hospitality that guarantee employment, increase the potential of the surrounding areas, and offer a touristic experience at the best level of the country.
Mercan Properties currently offers unique investment opportunities in Portugal with a portfolio of 20 projects in the best locations, such as Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, Lisbon, Amarante, Évora and Algarve.
Mercan Properties ensures that industry practices are respected and that its clients obtain the most secure investments and the best hospitality with unparalleled expertise and prime quality assured.
For more information regarding Mercan Properties, please visit https://www.mercanproperties.pt/.
Hong Kong Networking Cocktail
PHKCCI co-hosted the "Hong Kong Networking Cocktail", a side-event of the Web Summit for Hong Kong partners and friends, held at UNOBVIOUS Lab in Lisbon. The event was organised by Invest Hong Kong and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office with the support of PHKCCI and AJEPC.
Business Breakfast themed “E-commerce Market and Social Media in China”
PHKCCI and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC organised a Business Breakfast themed “E-commerce Market and Social Media in China” in Lisbon. The event was opened by Vasco Bivar de Azevedo, Partner of Cuatrecasas, and followed by a presentation made by the Chinese social media marketing expert Olivia Plotnick. The main Chinese e-commerce and social media platforms were discussed, as well as the opportunities and challenges for companies approaching the Chinese market. The Q&A was moderated by Paula Kant, Head of Investment Promotion at InvestHK Brussels.
PHKCCI warmly welcomes Quinta da Marmeleira as its newest Corporate Gold Member!
Quinta da Marmeleira is a Portuguese wine company located in Alenquer DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin), 30 minutes northwest of Lisbon, Portugal.
Alenquer, the “European Wine City” in 2018, has a long history of wine making. Marvelous grapes have been cultivated here since the days of the Roman Empire. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Montejunto Mountain result in a warm and mild climate and natural protection of the terrain.
Quinta da Marmeleira preserves the traditional, authentic winemaking processes and carefully selects and grows many of the noblest Portuguese grape varieties, including the famous Touriga Nacional.
For more info about Quinta da Marmeleira, please go to http://quintamarmeleira.com/.
We warmly welcome TICnology as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!
With an intrinsic drive to collaborate and share, TICnology is a company that connects together the goals of all its stakeholders. With a focus in the TIC industry, the company aligns and optimizes the interests of all parties with the greatest care and efficiency. Its vision is to enhance and contribute to the ecosystem of the TIC industry.
TICnology’s main services are:
- Facilitating Premium Networking Channels
- Management Consulting
- Software Development and Process Optimization