Representatives of the Alicante Investment Attraction Office, promoted by the city’s Local Agency, have made an institutional visit to consolidate strategic alliances with their counterparts in the cities of Oporto and Amarante, two business and economic references in the north of Portugal.
These agreements have been established in the framework of a trip developed by the Councilor for Promotion and Employment of Alicante, Maria del Carmen de España, together with the technical team of Impulsa Alicante and ALIA – Alicante Investment Agency, who for several days have visited Porto and the region of Amarante with their respective teams and public representatives.
Among the objectives of this trade mission, in addition to establishing synergies and future lines of collaboration that will result in investments, initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, public-private collaboration and support for the creation of startups and incubators have been explored. In addition, good practices in the development and promotion of entrepreneurship in these two cities were analyzed, and connections for future joint projects were consolidated.
During the working sessions, both delegations have worked in an environment of knowledge exchange, through various working meetings, interviews and visits to different companies and entities that have allowed to deepen in innovative initiatives implemented by both cities. Among the headquarters visited were Lionesa Business HUB, Founders Founders, Uptec Mar, Indra or IET.
The councilor of Promotion and Employment of Alicante and president of the Local Agency of the city, Maria del Carmen de España, said that “this visit has been an enriching experience for ALIA”. “We have been privileged to learn from both Porto and Amarante, two exemplary cities that have achieved significant results through their innovative approach and commitment to excellence. We are excited to explore how we can apply these lessons learned to improve our own operations and contribute to the sustainable development of our city,” highlighted the mayor.
As a result of this institutional activity, a new phase of collaboration and learning has begun between the Alicante office of attraction and the Instituto Empresarial do Tamega, focused on building “a more prosperous and sustainable future for both communities”, as explained by both delegations.
Porto is one of the most important industrial capitals in the north of Portugal, as well as in the whole country in general, with a concentration of companies in manufacturing and artisan sectors, such as textiles, ceramics, metallurgy, footwear or the manufacture and production of furniture. For its part, Amarante is developing its own activity focused on attracting talent and investments, mainly in the Tourism and Innovation sectors, as well as in the field of entrepreneurship.