In Portugal

China Innovation Summit in Portugal

13 Dec 2022

PHKCCI and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC are organizing the “China Innovation Summit in Portugal” at the Abreu Advogados HQs in Lisbon on December 13.

This event aims 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 will feature Thomas Wong (CW CPA), Paula Kant (InvestHK Brussels), Diogo Brás 白笛歌, (Bison Digital Assets), Manfredi Minutelli (Alibaba Group), among other international guests.

The event is sponsored by CW CPA and supported by Abreu Advogados.

The session is free and in English, but seating is limited. See the programme and reserve your place now at: https://lnkd.in/dDiGnDtg

 
 

In Hong Kong

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29 - 30 Nov 2022

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30 Nov - 2 Dec 2022

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1 - 2 Dec 2022

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10 - 11 Jan 2023

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2 - 5 February 2023

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20 - 23 April 2023

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6 - 9 April 2023

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1 - 5 Mar 2023

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20 - 23 April 2023

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27 - 30 April 2023

 

Past Events/Activities

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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/.

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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.

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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/.

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Gala Portugal China

PHKCCI participated in the 7th edition of the “Gala Portugal China” held at Central Tejo, in Lisbon. This event is organised every year by PHKCCI’s partner Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry – CCILC.

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Web Summit 2022

Invest Hong Kong was present once again at the Web Summit in Lisbon and PHKCCI was there to visit them.

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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.

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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.

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WHAT’S UP IN CHINA SUMMIT 2022

PHKCCI participated in WHAT’S UP IN CHINA SUMMIT 2022. This is a Portuguese online event organised by Isabel Figueiredo Paula, and took place from 25th to 30th October, 2022. The interview with PHKCCI’s Secretary-General, Carlos Torres, took place on the 26th.

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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/.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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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/.

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"Belt and Road Global Forum Annual Roundtable 2022"

PHKCCI participated in the "Belt and Road Global Forum Annual Roundtable 2022", held on September 2nd, on the Theme: Charting a Sustainable and Robust Path to Opportunities in a New Era.

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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

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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.

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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.

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1st Online Meeting of the FHKBAW Youth Committee

PHKCCI participated in the 1st Online Meeting of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide Youth Committee, chaired by Bernardo Mendia.

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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).

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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.

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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/.

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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.

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FIN2022

Carlos Torres, the General Secretary of PHKCCI, participated in the panel "Business Forum | Paths that unite the world" at FIN2022, together with speakers Daniel Uritu, Yulia Stark and Rocio R. Aguiar. The panel will be moderated by Michele Orzan.

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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!

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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/.

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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.

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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/.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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For more information regarding PRR, visit https://lnkd.in/g2jWw_F
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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.

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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.

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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/.

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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/.

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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 info@phkcci.com

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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.

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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.

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On December 7th, Abreu Advogados' China Desk held a business breakfast at their Lisbon headquarters, in partnership with PHKCCI and the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC. The invited speaker was Enrique Martinez-Galán, Alternate Executive Director at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), who highlighted the role of AIIB in sustaining global value chains, driving green transition, supporting regional development and enhancing infrastructures.

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The President of PHKCCI, Bernardo Mendia, was elected Honorary Secretary of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (FHKBAW)

We are very pleased to announce that the President of PHKCCI, Bernardo Mendia, was elected Honorary Secretary of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (FHKBAW). The list elected for the 2021-2024 term is also composed of Hans Poulis, Chairman, Alexandria Sham, Vice Chairman and Dixon Chew, Honorary Treasurer.

The election results were announced during the 22nd Hong-Kong Forum (30 November-1 December 2021), the main annual event of the FHKBAW. This year’s Forum programme was very useful in acquiring the latest updates on the changing economic landscape, as well as the business opportunities and challenges for companies under the new normal. For those of you who missed the online Forum, we are pleased to share the recordings of all sessions here below:

Opening and Keynote Session: https://lnkd.in/eYSpvEGZ


Main Session – Capturing New Business Opportunities via Innovation and Sustainability: https://lnkd.in/gSquAXtv


Announcement of the Newly Elected Office Holders and the Greater Bay Area Session – Opportunities from China’s Dual Circulation Policy and the GBA Development: https://lnkd.in/eYQfANte


Announcement of the Winners of Federation’s Awards Programme and Young Executive Programme – Opportunities Arising from Health Tech Innovation and Wellness: https://lnkd.in/erMRvddM

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Executive Breakfast with the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira

PHKCCI started up again its Executive Breakfasts with esteemed institutional guests, now in partnership with the Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC.

The first session took place at the Serralves Foundation in Porto on December 2nd, with the support of law firm Durham Agrellos. Our honorary guest speaker was the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, who highlighted the importance of Chinese investment and the city of Porto's relations with China, namely with the cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.

More info at https://lnkd.in/efsBQvPN

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Outstanding Membership Award by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide

We are happy and proud to share with you the news that PHKCCI has won the Regional Grand Prize of HK$9,000. This distinction is awarded by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. We’d also like to take this opportunity to reiterate our strong, continued commitment to developing the Portugal-HK commerce and business ecosystem.

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FIN2021

On November 25th and 26th, PHKCCI participated in FIN 2021, which was held in a hybrid format this year. This was the fifth edition of FIN, a global networking event promoted by AJEPC– Young Entrepreneurs Association Portugal-China.

Bernardo Mendia, the President of the Board of PHKCCI, and General Secretary of Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry - CCILC, moderated the panel "Business Forum | Portuguese-Speaking Countries – 1 language that connects the world", featuring speakers Maria Brasil, José Manuel Almada Dias, Jorge Baptista and Weng Hei Tang.

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Web Summit 2021

PHKCCI had a busy day at the Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon. After two Web Summit Masterclasses during the day, we spent the evening at a productive Networking Cocktail event at Tivoli Hotel.

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Guided tour at the Cristiano Ronaldo Academy

PHKCCI has gracefully been invited by Sporting Clube de Portugal to visit the Cristiano Ronaldo Academy in Alcochete on Saturday, October 30th, 2021.

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We warmly welcome ASA Lawyers as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!

ASA Lawyers is a Portuguese law firm that was founded in 2018 with the motto “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships!”

Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge and experience, the company's drive to innovate enables its teams to deliver legal services of excellence every step of the way. Its professionals are carefully selected for their technical skills and, most importantly, for their business-minded approach. ASA Lawyers is committed to supporting the internationalization of individuals and companies in order to bring together different cultures and challenge the resolution of legal issues.

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Two-year anniversary since the launch of PHKCCI

Thank you to all our Members for your continued support, and a special thank you to our Supporting Member Bison Bank for kindly hosting the celebration with a cocktail event at their Lisbon headquarters, and to Quinta do Côtto for serving their excellent wine.

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Captain Jingkun Xu, a Chinese Paralympic athlete sponsored by PHKCCI Corporate Member #LevelConstellation, was in Portugal after completing a solo catamaran circumnavigation of the world. The Captain is now on a quest to qualify for #TheVendéeGlobe, a single-handed non-stop around the world yacht race. The race was founded by Philippe Jeantot in 1989, and has taken place every four years since 1992. It is named after the Département of Vendée in France, where the race begins and ends.
Good luck Captain!

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PHKCCI warmly welcomes GED Ventures Portugal as its newest Supporting Member!

GED Ventures Portugal is a management entity of the GED group, dedicated to venture capital.

Under the #Tech4Purpose motto, the GED Ventures Portugal Funds will focus on technologies capable of transforming the world, promoting sustainability, and leaving a viable and promising legacy for generations to come.

The GED group is an independent and international financial group, established in 1996, with a unique value proposition, proven, consolidated and based on ESG-friendly ethos, present since its foundation and incorporated into the Fund's life cycle.

#Assets under management: €900m+
#25 years of proven experience in investment, development & divestment
#Investment model, based on ESG best practices, with proven, solid, and robust history of returns
#Group and Funds with presence in Europe, USA, and South America

For more info about GED Ventures Portugal, please go to https://gedventures.pt.

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Belt and Road Global Forum Annual Roundtable 2021

PHKCCI participated in the "Belt and Road Global Forum Annual Roundtable 2021", held presentially and virtually on September 3rd, with the Theme: Driving Growth through Connectivity —Harnessing the new momentum of the Greater Bay Area (#GBA) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (#RCEP).

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On Friday, September 3rd, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels and Invest Hong Kong hosted a joint cocktail gathering at Hotel The Oitavos restaurant Verbasco in Cascais to celebrate the relaunch of Hong Kong. The event turned out to be a success with a great turnout.

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Visit to Hong Kong

For occasion of PHKCCI's President Mr. Bernardo Mendia two weeks visit to Hong Kong, the Chamber met with several of its partners and members - Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Invest Hong Kong, the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong SAR, CW CPA, SGS, MdME Lawyers and others.

Also had the chance to greet Comendador Ambrose So, Honorary Consul of Portugal in Hong Kong and Mr Patrick Huen - Vice-Chairman of Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation.

And last but not least, PHKCCI's members got together at Club Lusitano for a very enjoyable evening. We thank #clublusitano for welcoming us.

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PHKCCI participated in the first event of The HK Imported Food & Beverage Association Limited (IFBA), which took place at Cipriani Hong Kong. It was an excellent occasion for gathering and exchange of views between the executive committee members of IFBA, other members, institutional guests and our Vice-President Gonçalo Frey-Ramos.

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The Portuguese Chambers of Commerce Network (Rede Das Câmaras de Comércio Portuguesas) has published an article by the President of the Portuguese-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHKCCI), Bernardo Mendia, urging the Portuguese government authorities to immediately allow for the collection of biometric data abroad for the purpose of the Residence Permit for Investment in Portugal.

By allowing the use of the biometric data collection equipment already installed and functioning at many international locations, such as at the Portuguese Honorary Consulate of Hong Kong and all over mainland China, would facilitate and speed up the investment process for foreign investors who currently cannot, or are hesitant to, travel to Portugal during the pandemic.

It is worth noting that Portugal's Residence Permit for Investment has generated, to date, close to 6 billion Euros of FDI, of which more than 90% is derived from real estate. This in turn has generated a transversal multiplier effect across various sectors of national economic activity and the well-being of local communities.

Link to full article: https://lnkd.in/grP4jYT

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We warmly welcome SICASAL as a new Supporting Member of PHKCCI!

Sicasal is a traditional Portuguese company with origins in the 60s.

Its primary activity is the slaughtering and processing of pork meat.

The products are sold in the form of fresh meat, frozen meat and processed products, following the strictest hygiene and manufacturing standards, without forgetting the know-how of the products' original recipes.

Sicasal seeks to develop its activity with a strong motivation to expand into new foreign markets in order to sell its high quality products.

For more information, please visit https://www.sicasal.pt/.