17 March 2021
With a Position Paper elaborated by the management with contribution form various members, AED shows the importance of this initiative to the ASD industries.
Within the scope of the recognition, by the Portuguese Government, of the importance of regulating Technological Free Zones, AED Cluster Portugal prepared a Position Paper entitled “Contribution to the Regulatory Perspective of Technological Free Zones” where it welcomes this initiative, which allows to proper leverage of legal and innovation frameworks for the quick development of national solutions, in strategic markets identified by the Cluster.
This addresses the importance of Technological Free Zones in the development of collaborative national ecosystems of test platforms in real environments, which should include national authorities, infrastructure providers, manufacturers and users, facilitating the experimentation of new technologies in a real and controlled environment.
“The Free Technology Zones initiative is undoubtedly one of the missing pieces of the puzzle for the ASD sectors in Portugal. These Zones will allow to properly leverage local implementation on a large scale, attract value chains to Portugal and export competitive products and services. As a cluster of the three industries, we want to help make this Free Technology Zones initiative a reality so that it efficiently meets the needs of the sectors, becoming an important driver for the creation of added value at national level. In this way, we congratulate this initiativev and emphasize our total availability to collaborate”, says Rui Santos, Managing Director of AED Cluster Portugal.
Thus, whether in terms of the growth of national actors or in attracting new international partners, AED Cluster Portugal considers this initiative to be crucial in three dimensions:
AERONAUTICS, in particular to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
SPACE, in particular for satellies applications (Downstream)
DEFENCE, in particular for surveillance systems, cyberdefence and C4i
The document (available only in Portuguese), already submitted via Public Consultation, was also delivered directly to members of the Government with the tutelage of the Digital Economy and Transition, Defense, Internal Administration, Education, Science and Technology and Infrastructure, as well as to various public departments, such as IAPMEI, AICEP, idD Portugal Defence, ANI or Portugal Space.
Now, the Cluster is creating a specific working group to further develop the theme, in order to follow the current legislation phase and contribute where possible by ensuring that the Aeronautics, Space and Defence sectors benefit from the implementation of the Technological Free Zones.
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