The Second Edition of Atlantico Business Development's Portugal Ports & Maritime Sector Seminar has now been set for May 16th 2017 and will take place in Rotterdam. The seminar will be sponsored by Euromar and Dravosa and will be hosted by the Port of Rotterdam. More information on the program and speakers coming soon!
In September 2015 Atlantico Business Development was appointed as the Benelux Representative by European Mar Lda, the Madeiran company operating the Madeira International Ship Register (MAR). This partnership proved to be highly successfull and the agency agreement was expanded in October 2016 to include Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, besides the three Benelux countries.
Atlantico Business Development and the CaboDutch International Business Chamber organized a first joint trade mission to Cabo Verde from November 13-17th. In a purely private initiative, eleven Dutch companies visited local companies, municipalities, chambers of commerce and government entities in Sal, São Vicente and Praia. The delegation was also be able to participate in Cabo Verde's bustling international trade fair FIC. The companies returned home full of insight, contacts and business leads. The CaboDutch International Business Chamber signed cooperation agreements with both Chambers of Commerce in Cabo Verde (Sotavento and Barlavento), paving the way for more joint activities. More info can be found in our newsletter.
Please note that from October 1st our visiting address will be World Trade Center Rotterdam, 4th floor, Beursplein 37, 3011 AA Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Our postal adress will also change to P.O Box 30223, 3001 DE Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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.
Arnout Nuijt, Managing Director of Atlantico Business Development, recently published an article in the Portuguese maritime daily Jornal da Economia do Mar, titled Portugal-Holanda: a opção de uma cooperação marítima estratégica. The article highlights Portugal's recent revival of the "Economy of the Sea" as well as its booming maritime logistics sector. Plenty of business opportunities between the Netherlands and Portugal continue to exist and both logistics markets are competible and non-competing. To read it just click on the link in dark blue above.
Atlantico Business Development is organizing a next trade mission to Portugal from March 28th - April 1st. This mission will focus on the maritime and ports sector and is meant for Dutch suppliers to the naval industry, oil & gas sector as well as for port development.
The mission will visit Porto and Lisbon (with side visits to several other ports). Atlantico Business Development will provide individually matching programs as much as possible.
The partipation fee is 1500 Euro excluding 21% VAT and travel expenses. The fee is completely reimbursable for most Dutch SME's through the SIB program. Deadline for registration is Februray 15th 2016.
For more information about the program of the mission, how to apply for the SIB program and for registering, please contact .
Atlantico Business Development on January 12th 2016 organized a small seminar 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.
During the session Ambassador Peters proved to be a highly enthusiastic and business friendly person and easily accesible to companies wanting to do business in West Africa. Ambassador Peters himself highlighted business opportunities in both Senegal and Guinea to an audience of more than 30 companies. Arnout Nuijt, Managing Director of Atlantico Business Development and moderator of the event, presented business opportunities in Cabo Verde.
The event was cordially hosted by RVO, the Dutch export promotion agency, which also presented various of its business support programs for the region.
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 .
Note that Dutch SMEs have the option to receive full funding for their participation fee to Atlantico Business Development from the Dutch government.
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. You are also welcome to download the event brochure.
Atlantico Business Development on March 10th 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.
The Dutch-Cabo Verde Round Table, moderated by Martin Bloem, turned out to be a lively event, with lots of maritime business opportunities being discussed among the participants. Atlantico Business Development’s own Arnout Nuijt, a veteran Cabo Verde expert, kicked off with a strongly inspiring sketch of Cabo Verde’s recent history. In his “Story of Cabo Verde”, he explained how the country turned itself from scratch into a middle incoming country driven by the tourism sector. PWC’s Leendert Verschoor introduced the audience to Cabo Verde’s attractive tax benefits and the new International Business Centre. ENAPOR’s Osvaldo Lopes pointed out to the participants exactly where the business opportunities can be found in Cabo Verde’s maritime sector or Sea Cluster. Dutch consultant Jaap Wientjes captured the audience with his view on the development of Cabo Verde’s cruise shipping sector and João Carlos Silva of Vivó Energy showed that the future is very bright indeed for the country’s bunkering business. You can download the full program here and the event brochure there.
Cabo Verde is one of Africa's success stories and is developing quickly as a tourist destination for Europeans. The one-million tourists per year mark will be reached within a few years from now. Cabo Verde has been a middle income economy for more than ten years now and the country is well ahead of the rest of West Africa in terms of economic freedom, governance, democracy, doing business, per capita income and other aspects. Cabo Verde is all about location, location, location. The country is developing into a safe haven for tourism and business, far from Africa's conflict zones and free of tropical diseases. On top of that Cabo Verde is ideally situated on some of the world's busiest sea lanes and aviation routes. Right now the country, and more specifically São Vicente Island, is set to become a regional maritime hub in West Africa, for container transport and distribution, cruise shipping, bunkering, pleasure yachts, fisheries, maritime training and maritime security.
São Vicente Island, blessed with a natural deep sea port (with a good ship repair yard and excellent bunkering facilities), is about to receive up to half a billion Euro in public and private investment in the next few years. This will be used among others for:
Before and after the Round Table, the Cabo Verde delegation held meetings with several entities, such as the Port of Amsterdam, FMO, the Dutch Good Growth Fund, various shipyards and with their Dutch clients and prospects. The delegation returned home with new ideas and projects to work on. For more information please contact Atlantico Business Development.
On December 12th SANEC, Atlantico Business Development and Fenedex will jointly organize a seminar on doing business in Angola and Mozambique. The seminar will be hosted by PWC at their Rotterdam office. The event is aimed at Dutch SME’s that would like to do business in these booming markets.
Arnout Nuijt, Managing Director of Atlantico Business Development, a Rotterdam based consultancy focusing on Portuguese speaking Africa, will be one of the speakers, as will representatives of PWC and Dutch companies already active in those countries.
The meeting is jointly organized by SANEC (Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce), Atlantico Business Development and Fenedex, the Federation of Dutch Exporters. Dutch SME’s are welcome to register at Fenedex.
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.
The local agribusiness sector meanwhile is preparing itself well for these new opportunities, with strong support from the Cabo Verde government. But the sector faces stiff challenges itself, like shortages of land, water, capital, modern means of production and guaranteed shipping among the various islands. The last issue is of vital importance, as 75% of tourists tend to visit Sal and Boa Vista islands, islands that produce very little food themselves and depend on imports for around 80% of their needs.
By 2019 consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables will probably rise to an average of 10.000 kilo’s per day. This will create opportunities for local producers of a number of products and for exporters abroad for those products that will still be needing (additional) imports. It will also create investment opportunities in the Cabo Verde agribusiness sector, especially on Sal and Boa Vista islands. On these islands you are as close as can be to the tourist market for the greatest efficiency. In fact, investing in the production of fresh fruits and vegetables with modern techniques, especially on Sal and Boa Vista is a golden opportunity.
The practical guide (in the Dutch language) was made at the request of the Dutch Embassy in Dakar and can be downloaded from their website. If you are interested in doing business with Cabo Verde, feel free to contact Atlantico Business Development directly.
Atlantico Business Development, an international consultancy based in Rotterdam and focused on doing business in Brazil and Portuguese speaking Africa, is expanding its services. A full overview of Atlantico’s services as well as the markets where the company operates presently is available on this website.
New services include among other things “partner and agent search”, which is extremely important for SME’s when doing business in faraway and high cost markets such as Brazil, Angola and Mozambique. No doubt Atlantico Busines Development will live up to its slogan “trusted, dedicated and effective” regarding this service as well.
Are you a Dutch SME and you would like to start exporting but you still have many questions? Then contact us. Atlantico Business Development is registered as an export coach with the Dutch SIB (Starters International Business) program. The costs of our coaching sessions can be reimbursed by the Dutch government.
2014 EDITION – Ever heard of Uberlândia, Joinville, Ribeirão Preto, Sorocaba or Londrina? Well, you may soon, as they are among Brazil’s next generation of big business cities. This is the third or 2014 edition of Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities - made by Atlantico Business Development - and it comes with a change: the city of Sorocaba has entered this exclusive list for the first time. The Sorocaba region received a lot of foreign investment lately. This of course means another city was dropped from the list: Campos, due to the problems of Eike Batista’s business empire, the main investor in the region. So for a minute forget São Paulo, Rio and those other 2014 World Cup host cities, as here come Brazil’s Next 10 Hottest Business Cities!
Arnout Nuijt, Managing Director of Atlantico Business Development, spoke to Professor Bolivar Lamounier in São Paulo about Brazil's socalled new middle class. Lamounier's latest book, published in 2010 and coauthored with Amaury de Souza, analysed Brazil’s new middle class and is called “A Classe Média Brasileira: ambições, valores e projetos de sociedade”. You can access the interview here.
Arnout Nuijt, Managing Director of Atlantico Business Development, spoke with Cabo Verde’s Prime Minister José Maria Neves about investment opportunities in Cabo Verde. You can find the interview here.
Arnout Nuijt, Managing Director of Atlantico Business Development, recently spoke to Mrs Maria Luisa Abrantes, director of ANIP, the Angola Investment Agency about investment opportunities in Angola. To catch a glimpse of Angola's future beyond oil and gas, access the interview here.
On Friday December 12th 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 successfully led and organized the first Dutch Trade Mission to Cabo Verde from March 23rd- 26th 2014, on behalf of the Dutch Embassy in Dakar.
Atlantico Business Development thanks all participants in the seminar on Opportunities for the Dutch Maritime Sector in Mozambique, held at the Van Oord Dredging headoffice in Rotterdam on April 5th 2013.