II Russia-Portugal Business Forum - " Innovation: New Opportunities and Challenges"

07-11-2019

The II Russia-Portugal Business Forum "Innovation: New Opportunities and Challenges" was held yesterday on the 4th of November organized by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Portugal, CCILR Chamber of Commerce and Industry Luso-Russian and Russian-Portuguese Business Council and the portuguese company Novabase which is a leading developer of innovative digital solutions.

The program of the forum began with a plenary session, where the President of Novabase Joao Nuno Bento, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Portugal Mr. Mikhail L. Kamynin, the President of the CCILR Chamber of commerce and industry Luso-Russian and a Representative in Portugal of Russia-Portugal Business Council Bruno Valverde Cota, the Representative of Skolkovo Foundation delivered their opening speech.

The forum was held in expanded format with the participation of representatives of Russian and Portuguese entrepreneurs working in areas such as information and telecommunication technologies, artificial intelligence, technoparks, industrial technologies, pharmaceuticals and other high-tech industries.

The case study of the AIP Portuguese Industrial Association has been presented by its Vice-President Jorge Pais, also the General Secretary of CCILR Svetlana Bilous spoke about the key advantages of Portugal as a beneficial for cooperation country.

Further, a few startups were given the opportunity to pitch their companies. Luis Dias, the Vice-President of CCILR ended the plenary session with his closing speech.

The plenary session was followed by B2B meetings, where all participants were able to establish business contacts and discuss the prospects of interregional cooperation, considering the existing innovative potential.

The official part of the forum has ended with cocktail party.

This Forum contributed to increasing commercial and economic interaction between countries, strengthening the level of innovation, defining specific actions within the scope of developing partnerships in the areas of high technology, and jointly promoting projects in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and Latin America.