Prof. Mário Fortuna
The Azores face important challenges in an increasingly global production world where trade is one main factor for improving the livelihood of any region or location. Included in a European setting there are many reference policies that need to be complied with and other major EU objectives that have to be addressed such the green and the digital transformation.
The main production and export clusters in the Azores and in S. Miguel are the agro-industrial, the fishing and fish transformation and tourism. These are all sectors that are highly exposed to international competition and thus to the need of adopting cutting edge technologies be it in cattle feed production, fishing and fish farming or in tourism marketing.
This talk discusses and presents an overview of the main policies that have been implemented to render the export sectors more competitive and assesses what still need to be done in S. Miguel and in the Azores in general, in each of its main economic sectors.
Full Professor Universidade dos Açores since 2003, in public Economics.
PhD in Economics – Boston College, USA (1983, Masters in Economics – Boston College, USA (1981), BA in Economics – U.Mass. Dartmouth, USA (1978).
Has taught or teaches Public Sector Economics, Public Policy, Econometrics, Business Finance, Economic Theory – micro and macro.
While in the US, between 1979 and 1983, taught at Boston College and Simmons College, in Boston and collaborated with the Social Welfare Research Institute, having taken part in economic studies of the US.
Collaborated with the Portuguese Catholic University in teaching of advanced programs for managers and with the University of Madeira, as coordinator of the economics program.
Has published on the Azores, on the outer most region policy, on public finance on income support programs and on econometric and CGE modelling.
In the University of the Azores has held various academic management positions: President of the Cientific Council; President of the Pedagogical Council;Chairman of the Economics Department. Member of University´s General Council
Outside academics, was regional Secretary for the Economy (1990).
Was Presidente of the Regional Chapter of the Economist’s Bar (Ordem dos Economistas).
Participated, as expert on fiscal and regional issues, in three IMF missions: two to Mongólia, in 2001, and one to China, in 2002.
Is President of the Chamber of Commerce (CCIPD) since 2009.