D. Julio Verissimo President of EXPconsulting Corporation attended an event organized by CHP Chamber Hispanic Portuguese on the 12 of March 2014 with D. Miguel Poiares Maduro, Minister of Regional development and Deputy to the Presidency of the Government.
Source: (CHP Chamber Hispanic Portuguese )
In the iconic hotel Alfonso XIII salon and fifty entrepreneurs and executives of Spanish and Portuguese companies, Minister of Regional and development attached to the Presidency of the Portuguese Government, offered his vision of the current situation of his country and of Europe. The Hispanic-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and industry (CHP) framing such initiatives in its programme of activities that is to know their associates and guests important personalities related to business and economic reflections.
Presented by the President of the Chamber of Commerce Hispano Portuguesa, Antonio Calçada de Sa, began his speech D. Miguel Poiares Maduro, in relation to the synergies that exist between the two countries, ensuring that on a stage like this “if Spain grows, Portugal is likely to do so”. Spain is the largest trading partner of Portugal, rather than being positive for the two Nations “must lead us to improve our exports destined to Spain”.
Reforms in which Portugal enjoys have begun to bear fruit, as reminded the representative of their Government. This circumstance is of vital importance, not in vain not be extrapolated these improvements of the context posed “the greatest economic crisis in the democratic history of our country”, as he defined it.
During his address, and prior to reel off some of the actions carried out by the Portuguese Executive, referred to one of the problems that “we are most concerned about: unemployment”. Within the concern aroused by the phenomenon between citizens and the political class, D. Poiares Maduro pointed to “structural unemployment” as the most headaches of head causes “something that affects our country, both to Spain”. In spite of this announced that in 2014, we expect a decrease of unemployment figures of around 2%.
These forecasts are a direct result of the policies of reform implemented by the Portuguese Government. Minister Deputy and Regional development, in this regard, drew attention to the data relating to the “financial effort” with a decline of 5% of GDP in three years “structural deficit”. In this line, he recalled that, for the first time in four decades, “we have achieved a surplus on the current balance”. It’s positive figures that foresee “a real economic recovery”.
Exports, a pillar of the recovery
Precisely one of the aspects that most have pushed the road to recovery is the firm commitment to “an economic model based on exports” and defined as “spectacular” figures that accumulates Portugal in recent times. To this he added that many products Made in Portugal right now go to countries traditionally posed a barrier. “Spain is also good in this field but we lead today, in the whole of the EU.”
He presumed the also Deputy Minister for the Presidency that “we are known as a reformist nation” and at these moments “the view that Europe has of Portugal has changed” for good. It emphasized carried out structural reforms and announced, by way of example, that in coming weeks “we will present a plan for regulatory simplification”, initiative which will allow, among other things, eliminating or easing of bureaucratic procedures.
Changes in funding
Mr. Miguel Poiares Maduro and the Portuguese Government advocate for the defense of the Community framework and its progress. In line with this he insisted on the urgent need to delve into the Banking Union, essential to avoid imbalances and unsustainable differences. It is the case of the financing of the German entrepreneurs who, today, do so at a significantly lower cost than Portuguese or Spanish colleagues.
In this regard said that “The Government is working on the creation of a Development Bank” that affects this type of action.
Finally, he showed his clear commitment to science and research as priority elements to ensure the future of the country, while reinforcing “the scientific shift also towards the Portuguese business and industrial fabric”.
As Colophon, Minister of Regional development and attached to the Presidency of the Government of Portugal, put an example that shows clearly the good prospects that exist internationally over the country remembering that Forbes magazine already considers Portugal as the twentieth country in the world to invest, “to do business”, something that is “positive, without a doubt”.
Meanwhile, President of the CHP, Antonio Calçada de Sa, thanked the presence of the representative of the Government of the Portuguese in this Act of the camera pointing out that “it is an honor that has accepted our invitation,” taking into account your busy schedule at a time like this. In the same vein the Presidency Minister, D. Calçada de Sá insisted on good data given in recent months (increase of exports, the slight decline of unemployment or the foreseeable increase in consumption), at the time that praised the reforms and changes established by the Portuguese Executive, although he also urged the protection of small and medium-sized enterprises as “fundamental to guarantee the actual and future recovery”.
ABOUT THE CHP
The Hispanic-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and industry has a long history, since its founding in 1970 by a group of Spanish and Portuguese businessmen, which has grown to have 200 currently associated, and presence in Andalusia, Basque country, Catalonia, Extremadura, Comunidad de Madrid and Valencia. The camera offers a variety of services to its members, such as legal advice, the Court of arbitration, careers, courses in Portuguese language and advice and support for participation in fairs and events of commercial interest.