• Portugal performs a number of structural changes in the functioning and positioning of its economy.
  • Macroeconomic and microeconomic policies simultaneously stimulate innovation, creativity and technological improvement moving the economy up in the value chain.
  • Containment of labour costs for companies so that the jobs needed to absorb a still abundant poorly skilled yet specialised workforce could be kept.
  • Ability to use "endogenous" resources and skills to attract strategic FDI.
  • Ability to work both the short term and the long term.
  • Awareness that short term investment wouldn’t be enough to design and build a sufficiently competitive and innovative economy 20 or 30 years into the future.
  • Ability to initiate and develop a number of projects designed to attract to Portugal high value added, knowledge-intensive activities.
  • Ability to tune in and synchronize with the more dynamic and innovative clusters and regions of the world economy (Europe, USA and Asia), bearing in mind the pro-active and selective manner in which Portugal, without forgetting its history, culture and natural integration into the European, Iberian and Portuguese speaking countries, positioned itself among these different regions and actors.