Atlantico Business Development provides consultancy services to high profile customers, focusing on Portuguese speaking countries on both sides of the Atlantic: Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde and Mozambique. We are active in the maritime and agribusiness sectors, though we do have experience in other sectors, such as higher education, renewable energies, water and oil & gas. If you or your company or organisation is looking for market entry in one of our core markets, then contact us to see how we can help you and get things done: with the right people, within the required timeframe and in an appropriate way.
We rely on our strong (10-30 years) history and experience in our markets, our excellent political and business networks in those countries as well as in the Netherlands, our strong language and intercultural skills and our effective ways of communicating and operating. Atlantico Business Development is a network organization. We operate with a small and dedicated team from our headoffice in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, while maintaining an extensive network of consultants and assistants in our core markets. We are able to upscale our team for a specific project with specific demands at any time.
Atlantico Business Development is among the small and select number of Dutch consultancies accredited by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade for the so called SIB (Starters International Business) program. Under this program Dutch exporters can purchase expert market knowledge from a commercial consultant with a socalled "coachingvoucher" obtained from RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). You can read more about this program (in Dutch).
SIB export coaching
I received many practical tips and a lot of information about things I had no previous knowledge of. I also became aware of several alternative options for doing business.
Mario Lopes, Owner Lopes Liquors
Doing Business in Cabo Verde, Guinea, Senegal, Jan 12th 2016:
Many thanks for an excellent preparation and follow-up of the seminar! I am well aware of the great contribution from Atlantico Business Development...
Theo Peters, Dutch Ambassador to Cabo Verde, Guinea and Senegal
the business mission to Portugal, November 16th-20th, 2015:
The Atlantico Business Development team combines analytical mindset, a strong intuition to make the best possible match between business needs of clients and a hands-on, proactive attitude...
Dirk-Jan Bolderheij, CEO, Simulation Experience
Logistics worked like a clock, my meetings were excellent and in one case a signed contract already awaited me, a pleasant surprise!
Paul Goris, Partner, Triportite BV
the Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar, June 9th, 2015:
Thank you for a very well organized event...
Koen Sweers, Director General, Dravosa
Manuela Patrício, Director Ports and Terminals, Port of Lisbon
...very good and very well organized...
Paul Goris, Partner, Triportite
...a very interesting and important seminar...
Susana Broco, Senior Trader, GALP Energia
A useful and interesting seminar. Definitely enjoyed the speakers, there was no dull moment.
Bob Breekweg, Boeckmans
We enjoyed the presentations and information...
Nico Pons, Commercial Manager, W.E.C. Lines
Time spent very well. I learned a lot of aspects of Portugal in a short time and I met the most important market players....
A Business Development Manager
A very professional and interesting conference. Well done!
Albrecht Gundermann, Managing Director Euromar
Looking back on a very successful mission to Cabo Verde, I must say the atmosphere created by ABD was great and the organisation excellent. On top of that both local expertise as well as the talent for improvisation offered by ABD are impressive...
PJ Kleiweg de Zwaan, Netherlands Ambassador to Cabo Verde
I would like to express my gratitude for all the efforts put in this mission by ABD. Thanks to you I was able to make the right contacts...
Peter van Gilst, Director Africa, CBI
Atlantico Business Development is based in Rotterdam, the number one port on the Atlantic. But we operate mainly in Portugal and the South Atlantic: in Brazil, Angola and Cabo Verde, where the lingua franca is Portuguese. To honour that, we call ourselves Atlantico (in Portuguese) instead of Atlantic. Our legendary English language online news portal Atlantico Weekly (2008-2014) was born out of the same idea.
CaboDutch International Business Chamber is the name of the bilateral Dutch and Cabo Verde Chamber of Commerce. The CaboDutch International Business Chamber will be the new brand in the economic diplomacy between the two countries. An initiative of Atlantico Business Development, the chamber was warmly welcomed by businesses and authorities alike. Read more about the CaboDutch International Business Chamber here and you can find the bilingual newsletter in Dutch and Portuguese there.
Atlantico Business Development and CaboDutch International Business Chamber proudly annouce their first joint trade mission to Cabo Verde. The mission will take place from November 14-16th in Sal, São Vicente and Praia. The focus will be on the booming tourist resort of Sal, the maritime sector of São Vicente and the thriving capital of Praia. The delegation will also be able to participate in Cabo Verde's international trade fair FIC. Look here for more information.
Atlantico Business Development organized another trade mission to Portugal from March 28th - April 1st. This mission focused on the maritime and ports sector and was meant for Dutch suppliers to the naval industry, oil & gas sector as well as for port development.
Atlantico Business Development on January 12th 2016 organized a small seminar in The Hague on doing business with Cabo Verde, Guinea and Senegal on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Dakar. The seminar was meant to introduce brandnew Ambassador Theo Peters to the Dutch business community active these three countries. Read more.
Atlantico Business Development successfully organized the Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar on June 9th 2015 at the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce.
At this seminar the opportunities for investment in and doing business with the Portuguese ports and maritime sector were highlighted, showing the best Portugal has to offer in this field. Read more about this event and the program here.
Atlantico Business Development on March 10, 2015, successfully organized the first Dutch-Cabo Verde Maritime Round Table on behalf of the Dutch government. The vibrant and informative event took place in Rotterdam, where it was cordially hosted at the regional PWC office. Several maritime enterprises from Cabo Verde took part in the Round Table, among which ENAPOR, Cabnave, Cabo Verde Fast Ferry, Vivó Energy and Frescomar. Read more.
On Friday December 12th, 2014, SANEC (the Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce), Atlantico Business Development and Fenedex (the Federation of Dutch Exporters) organized a meeting on how to succesfully do business in Angola and Mozambique.
More than 60 persons, representating 48 companies, joined in and participated in the session, with presentations from Atlantico Business Development, PWC, Cornelder and AVIT.
Atlantico Business Development has recently produced a practical guide for doing business in the emerging agribusiness sector in Cabo Verde. Cabo Verde today is growing fast as a holiday destination for European tourists, combining political stability, security and guaranteed good weather. At this moment the country receives about 600.000 tourists per year, a number that is expected to rise by 2019 to around 1 million per year.
Cabo Verde even has the potential to host between 2 and 3 million tourists per year in a decade or so, which would make the country one of Africa’s most important tourist destinations. These fast growing numbers of European tourists will need to be supplied continuously with good quality fresh food and other products, which at this moment poses an enormous challenge to the Cabo Verde tourist sector. Read more about the guide and how to obtain it here.