Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


The South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) and Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso Sul-africana (CCILSA) have agreed to strengthen ties and work together in areas of common interests for the benefit of their respective members.

Newly elected President of CCILSA, Tim Vieira and local representatives met with the SAPCC board to establish agreement on collaboration between the two chambers. Communication and cooperation strategies will bring the two chambers closer and will expand and strengthen the deliverables offered to members and stakeholders. This is a big step forward in the process of building a stable and fruitful relationship between the chambers of commerce.


With SAPCC based in Johannesburg and CCILSA based in Lisbon, this collaboration unlocks the network and promotion of opportunities for the chambers’ respective members.


Manny Moutinho, director of SAPCC said, “We’re delighted to be collaborating with CCILSA. We are confident that this will strengthen the chambers and assist in our members’ global expansion and growth. In today’s ever-competitive environment, growing globally is not only a recommendation, it’s a necessity. That’s how businesses can make their organisation sustainable and durable.”


Tim Vieira, welcomed the collaboration and said: “One of the objectives of CCILSA - Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso Sul-africana is to assist in the realization of cross-border business. That is why we have joined forces with the SAPCC (South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce), an association that represents the interests of more than 1,500 Portuguese entrepreneurs in the country. This is another step taken to build bridges to success.”


CCILSA is a non-profit association that was founded in 1980. Its main mission is to implement and develop a set of initiatives for the development of economic and trade relations between Portugal and South Africa, with a view to always ensuring the best contacts and benefits to its members.


This entity has as one of the principles to actively serve the interests of its members, that is to say, to be focused on the network, assistance, in the opening of doors and in the active promotion of business. It also has an Inclusive and Collaborative Posture, that is, CCILSA collaborates and builds bridges with other relevant entities, acting in articulation with AICEP and the DTI - Department of Trade and Industry and the Embassies of the two countries, and actively collaborates with other associations.


Established in 2013, the South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) is a non-profit company that aims to serve one of the largest Portuguese communities outside Portugal.


The SAPCC is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has, as its most important goals, the organisation and representation of the business and professional interest of Portuguese entrepreneurs and professionals operating in South Africa. The SAPCC also provides a networking platform to promote and grow Portuguese and Luso-South African enterprises in SA.


Under this collaboration, SAPCC and CCILSA will work to share relevant information, opportunities and encourage member networking. Both chambers seek to build a mutually beneficial partnership that enables CCILSA and the SAPCC to contribute to economic growth and business internationalisation.