Atlantico Business Development provides consultancy services to high profile customers. We started out in Portuguese speaking countries on both sides of the Atlantic: Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde and Mozambique. Meanwhile we have started to offer our services in many other countries in Europe, Africa, the Persian Gulf and the America's.
We focus on the maritime and agribusiness sectors, though we do have experience in other sectors, such as higher education, renewable energies, water and oil & gas.
Be welcome to check out the countries where we operate as well as the services we provide (consultancy, business missions, information service, export coaching, agencies) by making your selection in the menu above.
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.
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.
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).
the Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar, June 9th:
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.
Atlantico Business Development is organising a trade mission to Portugal from November 16th-20th. The mission will start in Porto (with possible side visits to Braga or elsewhere in the North) and then descend on Lisbon (with a possible side visit to Sines port).
Atlantico Business Development will focus on the nearshoring/outsourcing opportunities for Dutch producing companies (mainly in the textile/fashion and metallurgical sectors), the ports and maritime sector as well as the options of establishing your call centre in Portugal. Companies interested in exporting to Portugal are equally welcome to join.
For more information about the program of the mission and the conditions of participating, please contact .
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.
The Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar lined up key speakers from the ports of Leixões, Lisbon and Sines, the Madeira Ship Register MAR, PWC Porto, Galp Energia and Portugal’s main logistics companies ETE Logística and Tertir. Speakers illustrated the port and logistics developments in and around Portuguese ports and pointed out the country’s unique maritime connections to an audience of Dutch maritime companies.
They highlighted business opportunities for Dutch exporters, transporters and maritime businesses, as well as the advantages of registering your vessels in Madeira. Speakers also sketched developments in cruise shipping and nautical sports in mainland Portugal and the islands (including new and future cruise terminals and marinas). 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.
From the Dutch side there was substantial interest in the event, from companies such as the Ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Cruiseport Rotterdam, Damen Shipyards, Van Oord, Atradius, Dredging & Contracting Rotterdam BV, STC, Eurofrigo as well as several consultants, government representatives and sector organizations. 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.
Over 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.