CW team set foot in Lisbon, Portugal for the 2nd consecutive year at the end of April. The highlight of our trip was the China (Shenzhen) * Portugal (Lisbon) Economic & Trade Cooperation Conference planned and arranged by us in the state-of-the-art seminar hall at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The conference was organized by the Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau with the presentation of the business environment of Shenzhen as well as the financial policies and incentives promoting innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. It was a great turn out with more than 100 Portuguese businessmen in attendance.
The Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, Mr. Wang Lixin, the Vice Mayor of Lisbon, Mr. Miguel Gaspar, and the Economic Counsellor of China in Portugal, Ms. Xu Weili, were present in the seminar, delivering welcoming remarks. Three entrepreneurs based in Portugal were invited to share their experience of business cooperation with China. In particular, the CEO and Co-Founder of Aptoide (one of the largest Android app stores in the world), Mr. Alvaro Pinto, highlighted how his group successfully opened an office in Shenzhen in 2015 and rapidly expanded there in the past four years. Our Assistant Manager in charge of European markets, Ms. Joana Alves, offered some insights on doing business in China.
Portugal has been experiencing strong economic growth in the past few years. Its businesses are keen on exploring new markets after achieving positive outcomes within the European Union. In fact, China is the target market of many of the Portuguese multinationals. CW will stay active in the Portuguese market and help more Portuguese companies to discover the hidden business treasures in Greater China in the near future, especially the Greater Bay Area.