2 March 2017

Conference on investing in Portugal

Private sector investment and growth are the subjects in focus at the international conference

This conference is held on the initiative of the President of the Republic, who correspondingly gives the closing speech at 6pm, and organised by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation with commissioning support from Pedro Pita Barros. The opening session, at 9am, features speeches both by Prime Minister António Costa and the Foundation President, Artur Santos Silva.

Savings and the importance of investment are the themes for the first panel that counts upon contributions from Teodora Cardoso, Isabel Horta Correia and José Félix Ribeiro, moderated by the former Minister of Finance, Miguel Cadilhe. The morning sessions also sees discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of investing in Portugal by a roundtable with António Lobo Xavier moderating representatives from Bosch Portugal, BA Glass and APICCAPS.

The afternoon sessions are reserved for discussing growth and innovation policies. The renowned economist and author of a number of books on globalisation and currently the president of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Guillermo de la Dehesa is the guest speak discussing investment and growth. Immediately afterwards, Ricardo Reis, Carlos Tavares and Fernando Alexandre are to debate the role of public incentive policies in a debate overseen by Daniel Bessa.

Subsequently, prior to the closing session, the European Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, and the Portuguese Minister of Science and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, engage in dialogue over science and innovation, fundamental facets to fostering investment and boosting productivity. In addition to these discussion panels, the conference is to present the best investment ideas for Portugal resulting from a competition held for university students. The conference is free to enter although room seating space restrictions do apply.