In Hong Kong
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.
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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 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/.