14 March 2023
The Portuguese bilateral Chambers of Commerce are pleased to invite all their associates to a Dinner with the international business community.
The event will be attended by members of the 24 bilateral Chambers of Commerce representing the following countries:
Germany, USA, Arabia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, China, Colombia, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Morocco, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uzbekistan
The 2nd edition of the International Forum – Export and Internationalization
15 March 2023
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), together with 24 other bilateral CCIs, are organizing the 2nd edition of the International Forum – Export and Internationalization, which will take place on March 14 and 15, at the Sheraton Porto Hotel (more information attached). Participation in the Forum on March 15th is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.
Business Mission: Hong Kong, Macao and Guangzhou
4 to 9 June 2023
The Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI) in partnership with the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILC) and the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) is organizing a Business Mission to southern China that will pass through Hong Kong, Macao and Guangzhou.
In Hong Kong
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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
PHKCCI celebrated its 3rd anniversary together with its Corporate and Supporting Members.
The special occasion was honored with the prestigious presence of Ambassador Paulo Jorge Nascimento, who will take on the role at the Embassy of Portugal in Beijing, Ambassador António Martins da Cruz, also former Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Professor Andrew Harrison, Visiting Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics.
Business Breakfast with Pascal Coppens
PHKCCI and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC organised a business breakfast, which took place at Abreu Advogados headquarters. The session featured the author, sinologist, and technology entrepreneur Pascal Coppens, who conducted a presentation on the following topic “China’s New Normal: How China Sets the Standard for Innovation”. This session was free, in English and sponsored by Joinco and Abreu Advogados.
Cultural visit to the parish of Fronteira
PHKCCI, together with the parish of Fronteira, organized a cultural visit to the quaint village this past weekend. It is located in the beautiful Alentejo region, about 90 minutes east of Lisbon. Its food, fresh air, local traditions and welcoming people made it a truly memorable weekend. The delegation is already looking forward to return. A big, warm, special thank you to President António Luís Palrão and his wonderful team!
Holborn Assets, PHKCCI’s supporting member, organised a webinar regarding the Portuguese Golden Visa program. Chris Land, Senior Partner of Holborn Assets, was joined by Bernardo Mendia, President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHKCCI), who made a brief introduction regarding Portugal and its economical and political situation.
“Game Changers: How Digital Currencies are Transforming the Future of Finance & Trade”
The event “Game Changers: How Digital Currencies are Transforming the Future of Finance & Trade” took place at InterContinental Lisbon.
The session featured Afonso Cardoso de Menezes (Head of Legal, Bison Bank), António Henriques (CEO, Bison Bank), Hugo Duarte Fonseca (Of Counsel, MdME) and Victoria W. (Special Counsel, MdME). The impact of digital currencies and the opportunities and challenges facing the finance and trade sector were discussed.
This event was co-organised by MdME, Bison Bank, PHKCCI and Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC.
PHKCCI welcomes Holborn Assets as its newest Supporting Member!
Established in 1998, Holborn Assets is a leading global financial services company delivering a superior experience to its circa 20,000 clients, via its 8 international offices, all supported by over 450 personnel. A British family-owned and run company, it has always taken pride in applying a holistic approach to its clients’ global needs – from citizenship & residency to wealth management, international real estate, insurance & tax planning, and much more.
Holborn’s residency and citizenship programme helps individuals and families to secure their future and enhance their personal and business freedom. Helping its clients pursue the best possible investment to achieve their global mobility requirements lies at the forefront of its priorities.
For more information regarding Holborn Assets, please visit https://holbornassets.com/.
PHKCCI’s president, Bernardo Mendia, was quoted in a recent article by Bloomberg News regarding the current state of Chinese investments in Portugal.
Read full article here: https://lnkd.in/dkNEKi-Q
Asia Forum 2022
PHKCCI was in Singapore to attend the Asia Forum 2022 as well as a Seminar and Gala Dinner to celebrate the 25 Years of the HKSAR. PHKCCI President, Bernardo Mendia made a presentation on the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide Youth Committee, launched this year and chaired by Bernardo Mendia.
Business Cocktail: “E-commerce Market and Social Media in China”
PHKCCI and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC organised a business cocktail themed “E-commerce Market and Social Media in China” in Matosinhos. The guest speaker was Olivia Plotnick, a leading China social media marketing specialist, with several mentions in international publications.
Webinar: “Time for Portugal - An introduction to residency & investment opportunities description”
Manuela Luz, Sales Manager from Optylon Krea, and Un I Wong, International Counsel from MdME Lawyers, two Supporting Members of the PHKCCI, were joined by Bernardo Mendia, President of the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHKCCI).
PHKCCI participated in the celebration event of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR at the Kunstmuseum in The Hague, Netherlands. The business seminar and reception dinner were organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Invest Hong Kong and the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association.
PHKCCI warmly welcomes its newest Supporting Member Blue Stay!
Blue Stay is a real estate and property management company headquartered in Lisbon. Blue Stay’s engagement in property management for Local Accommodation is intended to provide quality service to its clients. Client satisfaction is what they cherish most and their knowledge and experience in property management enables them to meet all owners’ needs from purchase and sale of property to maintenance of property for accommodating tenants.
For more info about Blue Stay, please go to https://www.bluestay.pt/.
The Hong Kong Seminar in Europe 2022 and Europe Forum
Lisbon welcomed "The Hong Kong Seminar in Europe 2022", and "Europe Forum" with wonderful summer weather and a range of activities to entertain over 200 guests during the 3-day event coordinated by PHKCCI and the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.
Heads of HK Business Associations worldwide were received on June 8th for a welcome cocktail and dinner at SMY Lisboa Hotel.
June 9th began early morning with a business seminar that included the following speakers and moderators:
- Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Mr. Eddie Cheung;
- Regional Director for Europe, Central Asia & Israel of the HKTDC, Mr. Silas Chu;
- Former Portuguese Secretary of State of Internationalization, Mr. Jorge Costa Oliveira;
- Deputy CEO of HSBC Continental Europe, Mr. chris davies;
- Acting Director-General of Trade and Industry, Mr. Francis Ho;
- Vice-President of the PHKCCI, Mr. Óscar Alberto Madureira;
- President of the PHKCCI, Mr. Bernardo Mendia;
- Minister of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, Mr. Peng Gang;
- Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, Mr. Stephen Phillips (傅仲森);
- Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide, Mr. Hans Poulis;
- CEO of Trilogi, Mr. Màrius Rossell;
- Portuguese entrepreneur, Mr. Tim Vieira;
- Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and Chairman of Bank of China (Europe) SA, Mr. Haifeng XU; and
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Portuguese Republic, Mr. Zhao Bentang.
After a networking luncheon hosted by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Brussels at Sana Epic Marquês Hotel, HK Business Heads visited JOINCO to learn about a successful, Portuguese company with close relations to HK. Furthermore, the day could not end any better as Portugal’s football team won by 2-0 against the Czech Republic in the Nations League.
June 10th began early morning as well with the Europe Forum and ended with a farewell lunch hosted by Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Portuguese Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Congratulations to the Rede de Câmaras de Comércio Portuguesas for another milestone towards the formal establishment of a common platform for the Portuguese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs). The CCIs are the largest network of Portuguese entrepreneurs worldwide, and which contributes to the Portuguese exportation and Portugal’s FDI.
Congratulations also to Federação das Câmaras Portuguesas de Comércio no Brasil and Camara Brasil Portugal no Ceara CBPCE for organizing this year’s event and warmly welcoming participants worldwide.
PHKCCI is looking forward to next year’s annual meeting, in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and also to 2024, when the event will finally take place in Hong Kong!
We warmly welcome Optylon Krea as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!
Optylon Krea is a Pan-Mediterranean real estate and investment management group with offices in Lisbon and Istanbul. The group has managed more than €1.7 billion in real estate investments in Portugal, Turkey and Romania. It is currently advising 4 funds in Portugal with a total equity of €160 million and also has subsidiaries operating in the serviced apartment business (Ando & Lovelystay). The Group’s management team has won prestigious international awards over the years, such as ULI, MIPIM and Euromoney Awards.
For more information, please visit https://www.optylonkrea.com/.
Webinar: “How well do you know your suppliers in China?”
On May 30th at 11:30AM (PT time) / 6:30PM (HK time) APCER, PHKCCI's gold corporate member, shared their solutions on how to get to know and evaluate your suppliers in China.
Bernardo Mendia, President of PHKCCI, also joined to discuss trade relations between Portugal and China.
This event was organized by APCER, in cooperation with Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC and PHKCCI.
PHKCCI welcomes Estoril 8023 as its newest Supporting Member!
Estoril 8023 is a Portuguese financial holding company, involved in high-end Real Estate and hospitality market mostly as Investor, operator and developer.
It is a Founding Member of Atlanticorp, a Venture Capital Fund regulated by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission ("CMVM"), which aims to attract real estate and financial investors.
For more info about Atlanticorp, please go to https://www.atlanticorp.pt/.
Bernardo Mendia, President of PHKCCI, contributed with an opinion piece for the popular Caderno País Positivo, distributed monthly by the newspaper Jornal SOL. The article was written by occasion of the 465th anniversary of the Portuguese presence in Macau. On the same page you may also read an opinion piece by Mr. Zhao Bentang, Ambassador of China to Portugal.
Financial Opportunities for Portuguese Companies in the Macau Bond Market
The MdME Lawyers' Lisbon Office, the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC and PHKCCI co-hosted a “Portugal-China Business Breakfast for a discussion on the topic of “Financial Opportunities for Portuguese Companies in the Macau Bond Market” at Macau Economic and Trade Delegation in Lisbon.
This innovative topic brought together various stakeholders to share insights on the financing avenues afforded by the Macau bond market, in a hybrid event which counted with the participation of various financial institutions and #Chinese enterprises in #Portugal. The attendees had a fruitful discussion with the speakers Carlos Fan, from MOX (the local bond market regulator), Luís Valença Pinto and André Castanheira Pinto from HAITONG, and Tirso Olazabal from MdME Lawyers.
CREATIVE SMART CITIES
PHKCCI attended the first annual scientific conference on CREATIVE SMART CITIES, organized by Rede do Empresário in cooperation with Audax-ISCTE and ITMA at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.
Carlos Torres, PHKCCI’s General Secretary, participated in the panel “The importance of ecosystems in the dynamics and future of cities” and informed the audience of the excellent initiatives that are being developed by Hong Kong in recent years under the vision “Embrace innovation and technology to build a world-famed Smart Hong Kong characterised by a strong economy and high quality of living”.
The event was aimed to be an international reference in the study of new perspectives of the digital revolution, promoting the connection between universities, the business community and the Government.
Meeting with the Portuguese Secretary of State of Internationalization
It's not an easy task to take on the role as Secretary of State of Internationalization after Eurico Brilhante Dias's exceptional tenure. However, Bernardo Ivo Cruz did just so by inviting the Chambers for an open dialogue at the Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros.
PHKCCI is looking forward to working closely with the new Secretary of State, himself a former President of a Chamber of Commerce and Industry — the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
International Forum – Export and Internationalization
The “International Forum – Export and Internationalization” took place on April 21st at Lisbon Marriott Hotel, with over 300 participants. It was a successful initiative of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Luso-Française, co-organized by PHKCCI and fellow Chambers.
It was inaugurated yesterday evening with a Gala Dinner chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Portugal, Prof. Dr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The Forum was initiated this morning by the Secretary of State for Internationalization, Mr. Bernardo Ivo Cruz, followed by the speech of the President of AICEP, Mr. Luis Filipe de Castro Henriques. PHKCCI General Secretary, Mr. Carlos Torres, presented the Hong Kong market outlook and opportunities in the Greater Bay Area.
We would like to thank Mr. Eddie Cheung, Hong Kong Special Representative to the European Union, Dr. Alexis Tam, the Chefe da Delegação of the Macau Economic and Trade Office in Lisbon, as well as all PHKCCI members and guests who honored PHKCCI with their presence.
Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência – PRR
The online seminar "Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência – PRR" (Resolution and Resilience Plan) took place on March 30th at 9:00AM (Lisbon time) / 4:00PM (Hong Kong time) with over 140 participants.
The event was organised by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Portugal, in cooperation with PHKCCI, Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC and Associação das Empresas Chinesas em Portugal (Association of Chinese Companies in Portugal).
Various distinguished speakers participated, such as Dr. Zhao Bentang, the Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, Dr. Fernando Alfaiate, President of "Estrutura de Missão Recuperar Portugal", Dr. Jose Pedro Farinha and Dra. Claudia Rodrigues, representing Viseeon Portugal, Eng.º Carlos Fernandes, President of IP Engenharia and Vice President of Infraestruturas de Portugal and Dr. Wang Yaojun (Deputy Governor of the Bank of China in Portugal), President of the Association of Chinese Companies in Portugal.
The President of the Board of PHKCCI and General Secretary of Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC, Bernardo Mendia, closed the seminar.
There was also time for Q&A, where Mr. João Pinheiro, Team Leader of the Corporate Finance Department at Bank of China in Portugal, Mr. Joao M S Monteiro, Commercial and Investment Department at CHINA STATE CONSTRUCTION (CSCEC) Portugal, and a representative of China Overseas Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (COVEC) raised several questions regarding PRR.
View the entire seminar at https://lnkd.in/dS6kE4hK
For more information regarding PRR, visit https://lnkd.in/g2jWw_F
Alibaba.com - Portugal Tour
PHKCCI, the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC and aicep Portugal Global organised 3 conferences with Alibaba.com. The aim was to present the E-commerce Platform and its potential as an online tool for buying and selling products worldwide.
The platform is comprised of a business area with around 200 countries and regions, more than 40 industries and 180 million products online and registers an average of 300,000 commercial approaches daily, considering that it aggregates more than 26 million active buyers from all over the world.
The sessions featured Ana Chiappetta, Senior Channel Marketing & Client Success Manager of Alibaba.com
, who introduced the platform and clarified all participants' questions.
The event took place on:
- February 19 in Albufeira
- February 21 in Lisbon
- February 23 in Porto
The sessions were free, in Portuguese and sponsored by Roma Andrade Despachante Oficial – Official Broker and Customs Representative.
Asian Financial Forum (AFF) 2022
After having joined in-person the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) in Hong Kong with a Portuguese Delegation back in January 2020, this year PHKCCI joined the Forum virtually on January 10 and 11, 2022. This event continues to provide great network and information. We also learned the following:
—> Last year, the daily turnover in HK stock market averaged over US$21 billion, up 28.8% over 2020.
—> HK also continues to be a global fundraising hub. Last year, HK raised US$42 billion in funds through initial public offerings (IPOs), ranking fourth globally.
—> Hong Kong's fund management business is also flourishing. It grew 21%, year on year, to around US$4.5 trillion at the end of 2020.
Video-on-demand of the 60 speeches and panel discussions, as well as the online exhibition of the AFF 2022 are available on https://www.affonline.hk/
till 11 March 2022.
We warmly welcome PRA – Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!
With offices in Lisbon, Oporto, Algarve, Leiria, Ponta Delgada and Évora, PRA aims to ensure a professional network based on different markets, combining specialized local support with know-how of its clients' business.
The firm, recognized for its level of specialization, is organized into 12 practice areas and 6 economic units and currently has a team of more than 160 professionals. With strong growth at the national level, PRA takes on Competence, Responsibility and Client Focus as its values.
For more info about PRA – Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL, please go to https://www.pra.pt/.
PHKCCI warmly welcomes APCER as its newest Corporate Gold Member!
For over 25 years, APCER has based its certification activities, supplier audits and training on four basic principles for its success as an organisation: commitment, competence, integrity and agility. Every day, its employees, auditors, trainers and partners work with a sense of responsibility, aware that their activities have a direct impact on the performance of organisations and on the qualification of professionals. Aware that the future of any organisation depends on its capacity and agility to innovate, APCER has multidisciplinary teams that actively participate in the identification and development of new products and services.
APCER is an international brand, with physical presence in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and China, and representations and partnerships in the Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as Chile, Bolivia, Peru and the United Arab Emirates. Its international presence is strengthened by its participation in IQNet – The International Certification Network, on behalf of Portugal, which makes it possible to provide more than 200 certification services for management and assessment systems, anywhere in the world and with local auditors.
The entities of the APCER group have several accreditations and recognitions, national and international, which confirm their capabilities. An example of this is the recognition of APCER as an AAC (Affiliate Audit Company) by SEDEX. SEDEX is a world-leading collaborative platform for buyers, suppliers and affiliated auditing companies, where information regarding their performance in four sectors is stored, shared and reported: Labour Rights, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics. Still within the scope of supply chain codes of conduct, APCER is recognized for carrying out amfori BSCI audits and is an effective member of APSCA - Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors.
For more info about APCER, please go to https://apcergroup.com/en/.
Portugal Legends China Tour 2022
Congratulations to FPF - Federação Portuguesa de Futebol for announcing the PORTUGAL LEGENDS CHINA TOUR 2022! The tour will take place in September of 2022 and include a stopover in Hong Kong.
PHKCCI, together with Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC, will organise a business mission to promote Portugal in China while accompanying the football legends. This will be a unique opportunity to do high level networking and generate new business contacts in China.
If you would like to join this delegation as well as the legends, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Breakfast with the Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas
We would like to thank all the participants at the Executive Breakfast held yesterday in Lisbon by PHKCCI in partnership with the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC!
Our honorary guest speaker was the Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, who highlighted the centenary connection between Lisbon and Macau and underlined the importance of investing in people, in the values of freedom, transparency, loyalty and commitment, as well as reducing bureaucracy as a basis for attracting investment.
Bernardo Mendia, the President of the Board of PHKCCI, and General Secretary of CCILC, delivered the speech by Vera Pinto Pereira, President of the Board of CCILC.
The Q&A session was led by Óscar Alberto Madureira, Vice-President of PHKCCI. Among the issues discussed were the current plans for the creation of an innovation and entrepreneurship center in Lisbon, as well as the measures being implemented in Lisbon to effectively reduce bureaucracy and incentivize investors to choose Lisbon.
A special thanks as well to the event's main sponsor, Bison Bank, and the other sponsors Lektou Advogados and BEWG (PT), for their esteemed support.
PHKCCI and CCILC are working together to promote the Portugal-China relations under the motto of multilateralism and multiculturalism.
Europe Caucus 2021
The Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (FHKBAW) organised, together with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the "Europe Caucus 2021” on December 7, 2021.
The event was carried out via a webinar session. With over 30 participants from 20 business associations in Europe, as well as FHKBAW and HKTDC representatives, the meeting was opened, guided and closed by Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the FHKBAW.
Carlos Torres, PHKCCI's General Secretary, shared with the other BAs some of the best events and initiatives organised by PHKCCI in 2021, as well as the Chamber's plans and expectations for 2022.