In a letter sent to companies, the recently appointed deputy prime Minister says that he will take on the coordination of economic policy and that the internationalisation of the Portuguese economy “is being strengthened with foreign policy priorities aimed at pushing Portugal’s companies and products overseas”.
Paulo Portas will continue to focus on the “international promotion” of Portuguese firms abroad and looks to AICEP – the Government export and overseas economic marketing agency – to continue the Government’s policy agenda for the internationalisation of the Portuguese economy, according to a letter sent by the deputy prime minister to companies.
In the letter which Lusa has seen, Paulo Portas stressed that he will take on “responsibilities within the Government that include coordinating economic policies“.
In this sense the Government will have “a perspective that is in tune with promoting Portuguese companies internationally, helping to defend the interests of the national economy in external markets and be very focused on beefing up investment” says the Government minister.
In the two-page letter dated 23 July, the deputy prime minister, who officially took up his post on Wednesday, stresses that the internationalisation of the Portuguese economy “was strengthened as a foreign policy priority which today is “unquestionable and uncontested” as one of its “key pillars”.
It will be recalled that the period between 2011 and 2012 was marked by export growth and that in the first four months of this year there was an increase of 4.1% in sales abroad. A figure which “confirms the vitality” of Portuguese exports companies, he added.
The merit of exports growth and the success of the internationalisation of companies is, to be more precise, down to the success of these companies”, he also added.
Portugal needs to speed up its cycle of economic growth, wealth and employment creation. Only this way will we succeed in saving our future as a country, winning back our sovereignty and ensure greater prosperity for generations to come,” states the Vice Prime Minister in his letter to businesses.