Conferências do Território
Territórios Criativos brought together experts in Portimão to discuss the future of Portugal in the next decade
On March 18, the Portimão Museum was the scene of a discussion about a vision for the future of the key sectors of society. The 1st edition of the Conferências do Território, promoted by the Territórios Criativos, received professionals and specialists from eight key areas of activity in Portugal, namely Mobility and Transport, Tourism, Culture, Sport, Education, Health and Social, Energy, and Sea.
According to Luís Matos Martins, "The future needs, globally and at times like the ones we are living, to provide true networking - between people, organizations and territories - that results in business and cultural exchanges. These conferences are worth the excellence of the speakers, the promoters and the themes discussed, but also for the network that is created."
Opening the conference was João Torres, Secretary of State for Trade, Services and Consumer Protection, who, as a political vision on the theme of the event, shared the three fundamental challenges for the future: the challenge of the digital transition, the challenge of green transition and the challenge of resilience or extended strategic autonomy. Also at the opening, Álvaro Bila, Vice-President of the Municipality of Portimão, said that "it is necessary an assertive diagnosis of the current paradigm, tracing new ideas and projects".
With the pandemic, "the importance of the digital world in Tourism has grown brutally and will no longer go back," says Pedro Lopes, Administrator of pestana hotel group. "For the future of Tourism to be good, it cannot be monopolistic. There will have to be other activities in order to exchange with tourism." In the perspective of Mobility and Transport, Ricardo Afonso, Administrator of EVA Transportes, believes that the future goes through the need to "create networks between the interior and the outside", because mobility should be seen as a whole. "The offer has always existed, the problem is access to information," he stresses.
On the culture side, Carlos Fragateiro, University Professor and Cultural Manager, states that "Culture is what connects everything". It is imperative to think globally, because "we are all interdependent. We'll only be safe if everyone's safe." With regard to Sport, Joana Schenker, professional bodyboarder , warns of the great challenge that is to keep people in sport. "Many athletes do not get where they should be, for lack of support." Joana believes that "Sport is a social bond" and that, with the pandemic, "we began to remember the importance of it".
Manuel Collares Pereira, Scientific Advisor at Vanguard Properties and an expert in the area of Energy, warns of the time that becomes scarce to act, with regard to climate change that we are living. "The fastest vehicle to introduce renewable energy is electrification, thus reducing or even eliminating the use of fossil fuels." Moving to the Sea, Sérgio Faias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Docapesca, argues that "the future must be made with respect for the environment". There is growing concern about the ability to manage resources and "Portugal has one of the most prepared generations in the world. However, we have not yet managed to see this reflected in the economy. The solution is the transfer of knowledge."
With regard to Education, Paulo Águas, Rector of the University of algarve, stresses that "there is a growing effort to link education with internships and the labor market", better preparing the professionals of the future. Ana Varges Gomes, President of the Board of Directors of the Hospital and University Center of the Algarve, shares that "the Health sector is betting on the modernization of technology and that it is this modernization that will allow attracting and attracting qualified professionals".
"At this conference, we had here represented sectors of activity that are of utmost importance for the export of products and services, as a window for the internationalization of business. Knowing the markets and aligning business strategies is central to the expansion of companies", says Eurico Brilhante Dias, Secretary of State for Internationalization, at the end of the initiative. In a more regional view, Filipe Vital, Councillor of the Municipality of Portimão, reinforces that "in the Algarve, we have unique conditions in terms of quality of life. We must take advantage of and create conditions to attract, for example, digital nomads, through a strong focus on infrastructure that promotes digitisation and innovation."
10h00 Welcome Drink
- Álvaro Bila, Vice-Mayor of Portimão
- Luís Matos Martins, Territórios Criativos Administrator
- José António Pacheco, Vice-President of CCDR-Algarve
- João Torres, Secretary of State for Trade, Services and Consumer Protection
11:00 1st Panel
- Ricardo Afonso, Administrator of Eva Transportes
- Pedro Lopes, Pestana Hotel Group Administrator
- Carlos Fragateiro, University Professor and Cultural Manager
- Joana Schenker, Professional Bodyboarder
11h45 Coffee Break
12:00 2nd Panel
- Miguel Pina Martins, CEO of Science4You
- Paulo Águas, Rector of the University of algarve
- Ana Varges Gomes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Algarve Hospital and University Centre
- Manuel Collares Pereira, Scientific Advisor at Vanguard Properties
- Sérgio Faias, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Docapesca
- Filipe Vital, Councillor of the Municipality of Portimão
- Eurico Brilhante Dias, Secretary of State for Internationalization
This was an initiative promoted by the Territórios Criativos, in partnership with the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Portimão, the Municipality of Portimão and EVA Transportes, with the support of the Algarve Wine Commission, pestana hotel group, StartUp Portimão, Docapesca restaurant, Faina restaurant, Horta da Orada and Água Hotels SPA & Resort.