U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman participated in the Sintra Strategic Entrepreneurial Council meeting. In his remarks on “Bilateral Commercial Ties in the 21st Century” he spoke of one of his main priorities since arriving in Portugal: the relevance of economic diplomacy on entrepreneurship given the current economic situation. He highlighted some of the measures that he has supported to promote economic relations and bilateral investment between Portugal and the U.S., and noted that he has also encouraged investors to visit Portugal in order to become more familiar with the innovate and entrepreneurial environment in the country. “We always try to show the benefits of Portugal and how these outweigh some regulatory problems,” explained Ambassador Robert Sherman.
The Ambassador noted the U.S. Embassy support for women’s entrepreneurship in a country where “just a few decades ago, women had a very limited right to vote.” The Embassy’s Connect to Success Program is now connecting more than 500 businesses to resources like free workshops, corporate mentoring and the opportunity to work with MBA students as consultants. As part of the process of developing this program, Ambassador Sherman has met with government representatives and the business community to evaluate where challenges and opportunities lie for women entrepreneurs.
Basílio Horta, the Mayor of Sintra, and Dr. João Talone, President of the Strategic Business Council, and several local businesses also attended the event.