Launch of the Porto Branch of the Portuguese-Maltese Chamber of Commerce

A vital branch of the Portuguese-Maltese Chamber of Commerce was officially launched on Thursday, 27 February 2014 by H.E. Joseph A. Filletti, Malta’s non-Resident Ambassador to Portugal. It is a sequel to the inauguration of the Chamber that took place in October last year in Lisbon.

In his introductory address to the guests present, the Ambassador referred to the strong and friendly relations that exist between our two countries ever since they were formally established in 1968 and the various historical and cultural links that brings us closer to one other. He went to highlight the need for a direct air-link between our two countries and which would in turn boost tourism, trade, and the commercial sector as well as facilitating educational exchanges to our mutual benefit. He added that although the Chamber is still in its initial stage of operation, it has already registered good progress as a networking tool between Maltese and Portuguese business concerns. A highly informative website has already been visited by some ten thousand users. Various business enquiries have so far been lodged at the Chamber as at our Mission in Lisbon. The launch coincided with the visit of a Portuguese delegation to the Portuguese-Maltese Business Council within the Malta Chamber of Commerce in Valletta. The Ambassador also mentioned that a Ministerial delegation led by the Hon. Minister for Family and Social Solidarity Ms. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca had just visited Portugal and signed a cooperation agreement with her counterpart the Hon. Minister for Solidarity, Employment and Social Security.

Following the projection of a promotional documentary about Malta and Gozo, a representative from Deloitte Services Malta, Mr. Chris Curmi, gave a power-point presentation on tax benefits resulting from financial investments made in Malta.

The event was co-ordinated by Mr. Walter Mallia, our Charge’ d’Affaires ad interim in Lisbon and the Hon. Consul for the Azores and the President of the Chamber Dr. Augusto de Athayde. The organizational part for hosting the event, held in the impressive main hall of the Corpus Christi Convent, situate along the Gaia front of the Douro River, was taken care of by  Mr. Alberto Oliveira, Hon. Consul for Porto, and Mrs. Regina Oliveira. At the close of the launch, the Oliveiras held a reception to the many guests present which included the President of the Portuguese Branch of the Order of Malta, and the Hon. Consul for the Algarve Mr. Jose’ Francisco Lisboa and representatives of various commercial concerns in Porto.

During his short stay in Porto, Ambassador Filletti was invited to meet the President of the Stock Exchange and to tour a number of important commercial and industrial concerns connected with the production of port wine, cork products and shoes manufacture. The Ambassador was also invited to meet the Principal and Heads of Departments of the Instituto Politecnico in Porto and discuss the possibility of academic exchanges between Maltese and Portuguese students.