Invest in Alentejo aims to increase the international recognition of strategic sectors in Alentejo; promote regional potential internationally through its infrastructures; strengthen the existing economic  sectors in Alentejo internationally; increase the internationalization processes of companies; and increase international recognition of products and services, among others.

For this mission, it counts on a group of recognized partners present in strategic areas and with great  potential for the development of the Alentejo territory, namely: Aeronautics, led by the Municipality of 

Ponte de Sor; Agroindustry, led by EDIA – Alqueva Development and Infrastructure Company; Tourism,  led by ARPTA - Alentejo Regional Tourism Promotion Agency; and Portos & Logística, Digital e Energia,  led by a consortium from Sines, comprising AICEP Global Parques, APS – Administration of the Ports of  Sines and Algarve, CPSL – Port Community and Logistics of Sines and Municipality of Sines.

In recent years the aeronautical and aerospace sector in the Alentejo has benefited from a huge boost, because of a close cooperation and strategic alignment between the territory, industry, and R&D. The Alentejo’s positioning, together with a regional smart specialization strategy, has turned the sector into one of the most emerging in the region.

The collaboration with several players of the aerospace cluster in the territory has helped to consolidate the sector in the region. Thus, the Alentejo is positioned as a promising development hub for the sector, leading to new opportunities and greater consolidation in the value chain.

This would not be possible without the technical preparation of regional economic agents, especially in municipalities and interface bodies, to create all the necessary conditions to receive the sector’s investment in the region. The Alentejo Regional Technology Transfer System has created partnerships, both in national and international contexts, to support entrepreneurship and research, capable of generating wealth, skilled/specialized jobs, and an ever-increasing social cohesion, and developing an innovation ecosystem.

It is worth highlighting the sector’s capacity to attract investment. Some examples are Embraer, L3 Academy, Lauak and Mecachrome which have a catalytic role for the investments in the sector and are an important piece in the international strategy for promoting the region and the sector.

It is worth highlighting the sector’s capacity to attract investment. Some examples are Embraer, L3 Academy, Lauak and Mecachrome which have a catalytic role for the investments in the sector and are an important piece in the international strategy for promoting the region and the sector.

The transport infrastructure network serving the Alentejo is diversified, ensuring fast and safe connections by land, sea, and air to the surrounding territories.

The Sines port, and industrial and logistics complex, located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic routes, offers direct connections to all continents.

Sines is home to the largest cargo container port in the country and one of the 20 largest in Europe. It is currently increasing its capacity from 2.3 to 4.1 million TEU/year. With room for expansion capacity in all cargo segments, the Port of Sines has terminal for dry bulk, guarantees Portugal’s energy supply in oil and natural gas, and offers direct weekly connections to major world markets for cargo.

Moving all types of cargo in a 24/24h operation regime and counting on agile and electronic information systems, Sines offers companies located in the hinterland greater competitiveness in foreign markets.

The Alentejo region is going through a transition phase. After the creation of large areas of new crops, agricultural production has undergone an unparalleled increase in the last decade. A significant part of this production, with products ranging from olive oil to wine, from fruit to vegetables, from cereals to nuts, is processed outside the region. The step that must inevitably be taken is to assert the Alentejo’s capacity to host agroindustries.

With that in mind, the presence of more than 30 industrial parks spread throughout the Alqueva’s Project area of influence and the accessibility and proximity to the main consumer markets that create conditions for investment in this activity segment must be highlighted.

In summary, the agroindustry sector in the Alentejo region is characterized by the following attributes: large agricultural production; more than 30 industrial parks with free areas for the installation of agroindustries; good road and rail networks; the connection to the Port of Sines; and Beja’s airport.

Tourism is the second most important contributor to the regional GDP and the one that generates more income to the territory.

In Alentejo’s GDP, tourism has a similar weight to the other axes in the Invest in Alentejo project, with the particularity of being a sector composed by nearly 700 nano, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Between accommodation and various other economical areas, tourism reaches a profit close to profit close to 690 million euros spread over thousands of entrepreneurs.

Tourism in the Alentejo can and should be strengthened. With that goal, business missions to markets with high growth potential are one of the many ways to allow local businesses to establish new contacts with international players, facilitating their own internationalization and strengthening their own performance.

The Alentejo region has important endogenous resources. The sun, for instance, has contributed to the region becoming, in recent years, the main centre of photovoltaic energy production in Portugal.

The region, more specifically the municipality of Sines, has one of the main national centres of expertise in the petrochemical field, due to the presence of relevant companies such as Galp Energia, Repsol Polímeros and Indorama.

Currently, ZILS is a national energy hub, and a distinct cluster of new energies and energy transition with enormous potential for multiplying industries and services for the Alentejo region and the country.

This axis aims at taking advantage of the dynamics of digital transition driven by the construction of a submarine communications cable and the announcement of a mega data centre in Sines. These cables are essential to ensure the sustainability of a future with increasing and demanding internet traffic.

The European Union’s new digital strategy will will increase global connectivity, importing more data, expand the data processing and storage market and develop strategic technologies and digital services. In this context, Sines Tech intends to play a relevant role in the “EU Data-Gateway Platforms”, namely the European Atlantic Platform, which is a fundamental infrastructure for the European Union’s digital policy and for the socioeconomic development of our country.

ZILS is considered as one of the most promising locations for the development of a European digital hub thanks to its geographical location and deep seabed, favourable to the installation of submarine cables. This favourability is also supported by the huge availability of adjacent land without urban constraints.