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AEP supports the internationalization of Portuguese companies

Internationalization is the main route for small and medium sized companies to grow, diversify markets and create new opportunities, and that is why AEP has been channeling its efforts in this direction, in accordance with the role it plays among the Portuguese business fabric.

Since 1990, when it first began to systematically organise internationalization events, AEP has already held over 500 events in foreign markets, either individually or in partnership with other entities. 

AEP intervention rests on three basic concepts:
  • Credibility among official Portuguese entities with which AEP has always maintained a very close relationship (Ministry of Economy, AICEP, IAPMEI, Embassies, etc.).
  • Recognition among official entities and foreign associations with which AEP has worked previously, and which have shown themselves to be satisfied with this partnership.
  • Cultivating loyalty of the Portuguese companies, it serves, as well as that of the local companies in the foreign markets approached.

Type of Activities:
  • External promotion activities: trade missions (sectorial or multisector); collective participation in international fairs; market weeks; permanent showrooms with tailored support for participating companies.
  • Hosting of missions and strategic international partnerships.
  • Sector and market surveys.
  • Information and promotion services.
  • Internationalization consultancy.

BOW – Portugal Business on the Way
European project for the support of small and medium sized companies, with 50% co-financed internationalization events, such as:
  • Organizing promotion events in external markets – Fairs, Trade Missions and Reverse Trade Missions
  • Business mentoring
  • Information on international markets
  • Workshops, seminars and business forums on specific subjects
  • BOW magazine, a quarterly publication on internationalization
  • Specialised consultancy
  • BOW Platform – www.portugalbusinessontheway.com  - where you can find information on best practices, external markets, the Trade Monitor, surveys on internationalization, business matching opportunities and a section that provides information on international tenders, as well as insights into external markets, amongst others.

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Internationalization Support Desk
AEP Internationalization Support Desk provides services, working space and cutting edge technology to support your company, step-by-step, in the internationalization process, such as:
  • Diagnostics service
  • Consultancy services
  • Information services
  • Specialised support services

Global Contractors Channel
This project is aimed at strengthening skill-building of small and medium sized companies to compete at an international level, through the promotion of cooperation among companies and sectors, and providing relationships with buyers at a global level, through the following channels:
  • Contract Channel
  • Food Retail Channel
  • Major Works Channel
It provides:
  • Surveys and international market intelligence on each required channel 
  • Surveys on advanced logistics systems to encourage and optimise these functions in each purchasing channel
  • Self-diagnosis tools for internationalisation potential

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Cross-border Projects
Cross-border cooperation aimed at promoting exports and increasing the competitiveness of the Euro-region companies.

INTERREG

ECICII +
Aimed at strengthening the internationalization skills of the Euro-region’s small and medium sized companies, by intensifying cross-border cooperation and taking advantage of synergies and experience in Galicia and northern Portugal and by investing in new models of multisector internationalization. ECICII+ is aimed at strategic sectors such as food-agriculture, contract channel and intensive knowledge services.

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INTERNOVAMARKET-FOOD
This project is aimed at endowing the Euro-region’s food agriculture companies with know-how, skills, techniques and basic instruments required for them to be able to grow rapidly through improvements in their internationalization processes, technological innovation and marketing skills. Its services are built around three major pillars:
  • INTER-EXPORT PLUS – Positioning of cross-border products for internationalization purposes
  • INNOVA PLUS – Accelerating technological innovation, to guarantee competitiveness
  • MARKET PLUS – Marketing strategies to boost business competitiveness.

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CoLogistics
The CoLogistics Project or the Logistics Collaboration Structure Project in the Euroregion is a cross-border project approved under the European Cooperation Programme Interreg V Spain - Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020.

The general objective of the CoLogistics Project is the internationalization through the impulse of the logistic activity and the strengthening of its organizational and technological capacities.

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Portugal Digital Export
This project is aimed at supporting the internationalization of small and medium sized companies through the provision of digital tools and identification of international market access opportunities and constraints, endowing them with tools that allow them to increase exports and improve the promotion of Portugal’s image in foreign markets.

It will provide:
  • A survey of online market consumption – Technology and Trends and a seminar for presenting results
  • Four Skill-building programmes on digital internationalization with foreign speakers in four different parts of Portugal.
  • E-books on Digital Internationalization Strategy.
  • Benchmarking index and self-diagnostics tools to determine the digital maturity of companies for internationalization purposes.
  • Digital Export International awards. 
EEN – Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium sized companies and start-ups with growth potential. Created by the European Commission, the Network is currently comprised of 605 entities in over 65 countries, composed of around three thousand local specialists. 

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email: internacional@aeportugal.pt

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