The 6th Portugal-China Gala was held under the theme of ‘Belt & Road’ and the New Cycle of Bilateral Relations’ on 13th November, in Estoril Casino,
The Gala featured distinguished guests and figures such as the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro, the Ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China in Lisbon, Cai Run, and the Ambassador of Portugal in Beijing, Jose Augusto Duarte and numerous businessmen, institutions and associations related to the relationship between the two countries.
The event started with a conference that addressed themes related to Belt & Road’s strategy and how Portugal could capture structural and root investments for the country, mainly related to infrastructures. The welcome note was addressed by President of CCILC, João Marques da Cruz. Subsequently, a round table discussion was held with Filipe Costa, President of AICEP Global Parks, Fang Bian, President of Bison Bank, Amilcar Monteiro, Administrator of Infrastructure of Portugal and Huang Chang, CEO of Hengtong Group (Alcobre), moderated by Afonso Camões, Global Media Group Administrator. The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, closed the conference by referring to the importance of Chinese companies in the modernization and renewal of infrastructures, specifically the circulated materials in Portugal.
At the Gala dinner, the Corporate Merit Awards were presented to distinguish companies, entities and personalities that stood out in bilateral relations this year. COFCO International and Elastron were awarded the investment prize in China and Portugal this year, respectively. The Foreign Trade Award was awarded to Agrupalto. For the Career Award, Diane Villax was distinguished for her work and dedication at Hovione. In the end, the Personality of the Year Award was presented to the Portuguese Ambassador in Beijing, José Augusto Duarte.
The Gala featured some speeches by the Secretary General of CCILC, Sérgio Martins Alves, and the President of CCILC, João Marques da Cruz, both Ambassadors, as well as the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, who addressed the closing of the Gala.
In the first hours after the event, the feedback was already very positive. There were several compliments from the institutional level, but also from the corporate level through the representatives present. The Portugal-China Gala is increasingly rooted in the bilateral context and is already a reference for all the actors that dynamite this universe. It is undoubtedly an initiative that will continue to be promoted with the support of management, associates and partners.