Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Irish firms are being invited to join a special conference to learn about the growing business opportunities across Portugal. The ‘Portugal Conference’ will be staged at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin, tomorrow between 9.30am and 5pm.

The event is being led by the IPBN (Ireland Portugal Business Network) with a series of partners including Portuguese inward investment agency AICEP, Invest Lisboa and Enterprise Ireland who support exporters to the Portuguese market.


Headline speakers include PwC Portugal, Edge law firm, AICEP and Invest Lisboa and also Blevins Franks international tax and wealth management advisers. 


IPBN chair Aoife Healy said delegates will gain essential knowledge about trading in Portugal during this crucial moment when Britain is leaving the EU and also the Mercosur trade deal with South American countries, including Portuguese speaking Brazil, is looming.


A team of experts will deliver a series of presentations including legal structures and requirements of setting up in Portugal, a brief assessment of the office space availability in Portugal and the long-term financial planning and tax treatment for overseas companies.


It will also examine attractive tax incentives including the NHR (Non-Habitual Residents) scheme for senior managers and skilled employees.  A series of ‘case study’ presentations will further illustrate Irish business successes in Portugal.


"Ireland enjoys huge success across the globe delivering a big impact to many evolving industries, in-particular high-tech industries such as fintech, medtech, high-tech construction, agrotech ICT," Healy says. "There will always be a concerted effort to promote our agrifood and tourism sectors, which are Ireland’s two biggest export commodities, driving employment in rural areas."


She added, "In the post-Brexit era we must continue to foster strong partnerships with our EU neighbours where there remains major potential to increase trade and investment. Portugal is a fast-expanding market with a large demand for professionals, services and firms bringing innovation and change. There are many other benefits including excellent travel connectivity and zero tariffs and customs procedures between Irish and Portuguese imports and exports."