11 May 2020
In the context of the global pandemic, AED Cluster Portugal prepared a synthesis document with mitigation measures for the Aeronautics, Space and Defense sectors, which was handed over to the Government.
Given current context, AED Cluster Portugal delivered a Position Paper to Ministries and Government Agencies, with a set of recommendations to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Aeronautics, Space and Defense sectors.
For the elaboration of this document, several contributions from the Cluster associates were received and debated, reinforcing the collaboration ties between the members and, thus, obtaining a representative position of the Portuguese ecosystem.
The document, entitled Position of the Aeronautics, Space and Defense Cluster in the Context of COVID-19, has already been delivered to Government members with the tutelage of Economy, Defense, Internal Administration, Education, Science and Technology and Infrastructure, as well as to several public departments.
“The COVID-19 outbreak hit all ASD sectors, being the Civil Aeronautics the most affected, as it caused cuts in orders, supply problems, stops in production and cash flow problems. With regard to the Defence and Space industries, these are mainly directed to the public sector, so they still do not face the same impacts as the Aeronautics industry, however, the indirect impact will soon be felt. For these reasons, AEDCP has decided to act and assess what can be done to lessen the implications of this new crisis”, explains José Neves, Board President of AED Cluster Portugal.
In Portugal, the three sectors already represent an aggregate turnover of more than 1.7 billion euros, with export values of around 90%, supporting more than 18,500 human resources. In this sense, AED defends a consolidated National strategy to mitigate the economic impact of this crisis and reinforce the mentioned sectors, giving rise to a set of measures that the AED Cluster considers relevant.
We present some of these recommendations:
AED Cluster Portugal reinforces, therefore, all its availability and solidarity to collaborate with government entities, in order to enhance the quick return to the possible normality.
AED Cluster Portugal participated in the annual General Assembly of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership, in Italy.
The Aeronautics, Space and Defence industries are now represented in the PortugalCLUSTERS network, an initiative that gathers national Clusters recognised by the Portuguese Government.
The Portuguese Government signed a Sectorial Pact with Clusters for Competitiveness and Internationalization
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