CCIP launches course with NOVA and looks towards international horizons.

In today's world, training has undoubtedly become more important than ever for a successful professional career and training managers and employees from a lifelong learning perspective provides great benefits for the organisations they work for.

Since it was founded in 1834, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) has taken lifelong training seriously. During the the first years of its existence, the CCIP pushed the Technical Educational institutions to create the “Mercantile Law Course” then went on to found  the “Political Economy” course taught by António de Oliveira Marreca.

Throughout its 187 years of history, the CCIP has continued to develop training initiatives for both its members and non-members aimed at Portuguese managers interested in deepening their knowledge and growing their operations.


Towards the end of 2019, the CCIP took another initiative to help Portuguese companies acquire new skills and qualifications in order to differentiate themselves from the competition and increase their performance.

Based on our practical knowledge of the economy and the business reality our companies are facing, we decided to launch a new course aimed at managers running Portuguese SMEs. It is along these lines that we decided to move forward with the first edition of this course with the participation of NOVA SBE, a leading innovative school in the fields of management and economics which was a success and has led to the kick-start of a second edition. 


The CCIP is also undertaking unique work in the internationalisation of Portuguese companies. Internationalisation - support in this area - and also helping to identify new target markets while reducing the risk of exposure almost exclusively to the European Union market, are also a key function of the Chamber.

The CCIP is the best partner to support entrepreneurs as it provides in association with Nova SBE, the tools and training solutions  tailored to current business needs and the commercial support  companies require to take their first steps towards internationalisation.


We firmly believe that the combination of training and internationalisation for different business areas can form a virtuous circle that ultimately contributes to better managing our SME exporters while also increasing exports, both in value and in share of national GDP - which contributes to overall greater prosperity.

Author: João Pedro Guimarães, Secretary-General of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry