5 May 2016
Trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries contracted by 23.03 percent year on year in the first quarter of the year to US$16.727 billion, according to official figures published in Macau. Over the first three months of the year China exported to the eight Portuguese-speaking countries goods worth US$5.844 billion (-44.95 percent) and imported goods amounting to US$10.882 billion (-2.1 percent), assuming a deficit of US$5.038 billion.
4 May 2016
The budget deficit in Portugal is expected to be 2.7 percent of GDP this year and 2.3 percent in 2017, the European Commission said Tuesday in Brussels in its report on the Spring economic forecasts. These deficits are higher than those included in the Stability and Growth Programme recently presented by the Portuguese government, which provides that the budget deficits in 2016 and 2017 will be 2.2 percent and 1.4 percent of GDP, respectively.
25 April 2016
The merger between the banks Millennium Angola and Banco Privado Atlântico will allow Portuguese bank Banco Comercial Portugues (BCP) to pay off funds received from the Portuguese State in 2012, said CEO Nuno Amado. The CEO of BCP said at the end of the general shareholders meeting held last week that as soon as the merger is completed, "which has not happened yet," "we will submit an application for payment of part of the convertible contingent liabilities (Cocos)."
25 April 2016
The resolution measure applied to Banco Internacional do Funchal (Banif) caused the budget deficit in Portugal in 2015 to increase to 4.4 percent of GDP, more than double the Eurozone average, Eurostat said Thursday. The European Union's statistics office also reported that external debt at the end of the year stood at 129 percent of gross domestic product, one of the highest in the European area.
22 April 2016
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14 April 2016
Portugal is expected this year to leave the excessive deficit procedure if the forecast issued by the International Monetary Fund of a budget deficit of 2.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the "Fiscal Monitor" document. In the recently released document, IMF staff project budget deficits for Portugal of 2.9 percent in 2016 and 2017 and 2.8 percent in the years from 2018 to 2021.
13 April 2016
The amount of bad loans in Portuguese banks increased in February for the second consecutive month, reaching 17.984 billion euros, or 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), according to the Bank of Portugal. The gross domestic product of Portugal at the end of 2015 was estimated at 179.3789 billion euros, according to the National Accounts published by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
11 April 2016
Negotiations between CaixaBank and Santoro Finance, owned by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, to find a solution to "BPI's non-compliance with its large risk exposure limit" ended this Sunday, "successfully", the Portuguese bank said in a statement to the market. The agreement reached on the day of the deadline imposed by the European Central Bank determines that Santoro Finance will reduce its stake in BIS capital and acquire a majority stake in Banco de Fomento Angola (BFA), a bank that will be listed on the Lisbon Stock Exchange.
7 April 2016
US company Kosmos Energy and Portugal's Galp Energia in January 2017 are due to carry out seismic surveys in three oil blocks in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Sao Tome and Principe, announced Wednesday the director of the country's National Oil Agency. Orlando Sousa Pontes made this announcement during the public presentation ceremony of an environmental impact study prepared jointly by Kosmos Energy, the operator of blocks 11 and 12 of the Sao Tome EEZ and Galp Energia, the operator of block 6 in the same area.
5 April 2016
Guinea-Bissau will receive 150 official and business delegations for a meeting in Bissau of businesspeople from China and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, the coordinator of the meeting's technical office said recently. Giving an update on preparations for the meeting, coordinator Bruno Jauad gave assurances that "everything is ready" to welcome the delegations to Bissau on 9, 10 and 11 April.
31 March 2016
The Bank of Portugal has lowered its economic growth forecasts for 2016 by 20 basis points to 1.5 percent and for 2017 by one-tenth of a percentage point to 1.7 percent compared to previous figures, according to a report released Wednesday. The document entitled "Projections for the Portuguese economy: 2016-2018" for the first time includes indicators for 2018, with the central bank projecting an economic growth rate of 1.6 percent.
30 March 2016
Portugal's budget deficit is expected to have totalled 3.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015, which "will not allow the closure of the excessive deficit procedure", according to an estimate of the Technical Budget Support Unit (UTAO). In the document issued Tuesday in Lisbon, UTAO said the estimate excludes extraordinary transactions (including the resolution measures applied to Banco Internacional do Funchal - Banif) and, in adjusted terms, "the reduction of the budget deficit amounted to 0.5 percentage points of GDP compared to 2014."
23 March 2016
Brazilian airline Azul made an investment of about US$100 million (90 million euros) in Portuguese airline TAP - Portugal, according to a statement posted on its website. "The investment will give Azul the right to hold approximately 40 percent of the economic value of the Portuguese airline at the time of conversion of the security and after approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Portugal," the statement said.
23 March 2016
The Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) decided to suspend trading in BPI bank shares pending disclosure of relevant information on the negotiations between the two major shareholders, said the regulator in a statement. The suspension was decided Tuesday, before the stock started trading and will continue until the disclosure of relevant information to the institution, which did not happen by market close.
22 March 2016
In February 97 Chinese citizens received a so-called golden visa under Portugal's Residence Permit Programme for Investment (ARI), said Monday in Lisbon the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF). In addition to the Chinese citizens golden visas were granted to 13 people from Brazil, five from Russia, two from South Africa, two from Lebanon and 25 from other countries. 136 of the 144 visas were granted in return for investments in property.
16 March 2016
Salvador Namburete, Mozambique's Energy Minister for 10 years, will be the first chairman of the Mozambican subsidiary of Portuguese bank Banco de Investimentos Global (BIG), according to online newspaper Zitamar News. Before becoming the Energy Minister, Namburete had been the deputy Minister for Trade and Industry for five years during the presidency of Joaquim Chissano.
16 March 2016
The problems that have affected Angola due to a decline in oil prices have led to Portuguese companies selling 1.074 billion euros less in exports to the country in 2015, according to the Office for Statistics and Studies of the Portuguese Economy Ministry. In 2014 Angola was the 4th largest destination for Portuguese exports, buying goods worth 3.2 billion euros, but the oil crisis and consequent currency devaluation has forced a drop in foreign imports. In Portugal's case this has led Angola to fall to sixth place in the list of export destinations.
15 March 2016
Portuguese bank Banco de Investimento Global (BIG) this month plans to open a subsidiary in Mozambique, the bank said in a statement issued Monday in Lisbon. The bank was founded in 1999 and its main shareholders are António da Silva Rodrigues, of the Simoldes group, with 12.39 percent of the capital, followed by stake management company Adger, with 10.96 percent, Carlos Rodrigues, chairman and founder of the bank, with 9.94 percent, and World Wide Capital (WWC), owned by Angolan general Hélder Vieira Dias "Kopelipa" with 9.93 percent.
10 March 2016
Chinese group HNA, which owns Hainan Airlines, taking a stake in airline TAP - Portugal depends on approval by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), according to the Portuguese press. The group holds a 23.7 percent in Brazilian airline Azul, the airline that is part of the Atlantic Gateway consortium,which under a memorandum signed in February with the Portuguese government holds a 45 percent stake in TAP. The Portuguese stake owns 50 percent and TAP's workers have 5 percent.