The Portugal Conference 2020

The ‘Portugal Conference’ will be staged at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin, between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday, February 04, 2020.

The event is being led by the IPBN (Ireland Portugal Business Network) with a series of partners including Portuguese inward investment agency AICEP, Invest Lisboa and Enterprise Ireland who support exporters to the Portuguese market.

Headline speakers include PWC Portugal, Edge International Lawyers, AICEP and Invest Lisboa and also Blevins Franks international tax and wealth management advisers. A full programme is available here.

The full day event will be divided into two separate sessions. Session 1: Doing Business in Portugal (9.30am-12pm) and Session 2: Living and Working in Portugal (3pm-5pm)


The first session of the Portugal Conference will focus on growing business opportunities across Portugal.

This presents an opportunity for Irish companies to gain essential knowledge about trading in Portugal during this crucial moment when Britain is leaving the EU and also the Mercosur trade deal with South American countries, including Portuguese speaking Brazil, is looming.

The programme has been carefully organised to provide rigorous and well-rounded advice. A team of experts will deliver a series of presentations including legal structures and requirements of setting up in Portugal, long-term financial planning and tax treatment for overseas companies.

The conference will also assess the office-space market across Portugal. A series of ‘case study’ presentations will further illustrate Irish business successes in Portugal.

In recent years the Irish and Portuguese governments have developed a close relationship, particularly within the EU context. Meanwhile, Irish exports to Portugal continue to flourish in areas including pharmaceuticals, organic chemicals, optical and photographic equipment, cosmetics, perfumes and machinery.

Further similarities in population, GDP and key growth markets - including IT, renewable energy, agriculture and tourism - make Ireland and Portugal natural trading partners.

Ireland enjoys huge success across the globe delivering a big impact to many evolving industries, in-particular high-tech industries such as fintech, medtech, high-tech construction, agrotech ICT. Meanwhile, there will always be a concerted effort to promote our agrifood and tourism sectors, which are Ireland’s two biggest export commodities, driving employment in rural areas.

Portugal is a fast-expanding market with a large demand for professionals, services and firms bringing innovation and change. There are many other benefits including excellent travel connectivity and zero tariffs and customs procedures between Irish and Portuguese imports and exports.


The second session of the Portugal Conference will showcase ‘Living and Working’ opportunities in Portugal, revealing some of Europe’s most attractive tax breaks.

Portugal offers glittering opportunities for a wide-ranging demographic - from senior executives and business leaders, to part-time workers and those beginning their careers. There are also many new options for the retired and senior living communities, or people simply wishing to emigrate.

The second session will involve a series of presentations including an introduction to some of the most attractive tax schemes in Europe, including the NHR (Non-Habitual Residents) Scheme and its implications for retirement, dividends, employee income.

Further advice will be provided on leaving the Irish tax system with an overview of the legal duties and responsibilities of declaring residency in Portugal, purchasing property and taking up employment. Expert knowledge will also be shared about the Portuguese residential property market, providing an overview of market trends and value recognition.

Portugal is a fast-expanding market with ​a large​ demand for skilled professionals driving innovation and change. From an employment perspective there are major opportunities with a growing economy and a vibrant business scene from Porto to the Algarve.

In terms of lifestyle, Portugal offers clear incentives with a Mediterranean climate, stunning outdoor landscapes and top-class cuisine. There are many other benefits including excellent travel connectivity to Ireland and a safety record rivalling the best in the world.

Portugal is also frequently ranked as one of the most attractive places to retire due to low cost of living, financial incentives, ease of buying property, acquiring residency and access to high quality healthcare.

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