SPI signed an agreement that will stimulate Portuguese SMEs to go to China

20 December 2011
In November, SPI signed a cooperation agreement with the French-Chinese organization Dpark, with the aim to provide a group of professional services to Portuguese companies that would like to establish or strengthen their presence in China. 

Supporting them through their entire process of internationalization, SPI and Dpark aim to for the companies to enter the Chinese markety as quickely as possible and in the most secure, effective and efficient manner (renting office from 10 Euros per day). 

The agreement was signed in Shanghai, in the context of a seminar dedicated to innovation and internationalization of SMEs organized by SPI, Dpark and the European BIC Network (EBN). The event included speakers from various organizations among which the Portuguese Consulate /AICEP in Shanghai, the Chinese Development Bank and the governing authorities in Shanghai. 

Sara Medina, responsible for the management of SPIís activities in China, believes that it is necessary to create the right conditions and supply the resources that will allow Portuguese companies to expand their business to enter the Chinese market, since there are various barriers that initially make the process more difficult including cultural and linguistic differences as well as the legal context. She emphasised that China offers many opportunities for Portuguese companies, but the first steop towards a successful investment, is to collaborate with the right partners.