The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, appealed this Friday for Portuguese companies to choose to buy national equipment goods for their units.
Speaking at the end of a meeting with companies in the equipment goods sector, the government official guaranteed that “all projections for the coming years point to Portugal continuing to grow above the European Union average”, noting that what the executive wants “is that it grows more”.
For that, he assured, it is necessary to export “more equipment goods and production technology” and to import “less equipment to feed our business effort. Then the trade balance will improve and the GDP [Gross Domestic Product] will grow”, he guaranteed.
“In Portugal, machines and equipment are made and service is provided to industry at levels that are among the highest in the world”, said the minister.
The Government's objective is “to ensure that this becomes more noticeable for our industrial companies, when they buy capital goods”, said Pedro Siza Vieira, adding that it is intended “to give better conditions of competitiveness to companies in the sector so that what is the quality of its services and products is accompanied by a greater capacity to promote and finance its equipment “.
The meeting between the companies and the Government will result in a “commitment”, said the minister, detailed that it was debated in which areas it will be possible “to grow faster” and what measures the State “can ensure so that these companies and the industrial ones can improve your 'performance'.
Siza Vieira also indicated that the Government is studying how to allocate community funds to this activity.
According to data sent by the executive, the sector has more than 29 thousand companies, which employ almost 187 thousand people, and the content imported from machinery and equipment and transport material is above 70%.
According to the same data, this equipment “explains half of the growth of imports in the period 2015-2019”.
ALYN // MSF
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