LISBON, PORTUGAL, THE CAPITAL OF ONE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION’S (EU) SMALLEST COUNTRIES IS NOT THINKING SMALL,  AND AIMS TO BECOME THE ATLANTIC CAPITAL OF EUROPE BY THE YEAR 2,000, SAID DANIEL REIS BRANCHO, MAYOR OF VILA FRANCA DE XIRA AND PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANIZATION RESPONSIBLE FOR LISBON’S REVITALIZATION, JUNTA METROPOLITAN.

MR. BRANCHO WAS IN ATLANTA LAST WEEK AS PART OF SETTING UP IN EUROPE, A UNIQUE THREE-DAY PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDED ATLANTA-AREA BUSINESS LEADERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH 20 EUROPEAN REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.  HE TOLD GLOBALFAX THAT PORTUGAL’S LONG-STANDING TRADE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES OF ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE AND GUINEA, AND BRAZIL WILL HELP IT REACH THIS AMBITIOUS GOAL OF ATLANTIC DOMINANCE BY BEING AN HISTORIC GATEWAY TO BOTH EUROPE AND AFRICA.

PORTUGAL IS THE FASTEST DEVELOPING COUNTRY IN THE EU WITH AN INCREASE IN GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF 4.5% DURING 1986-1990.  OPPORTUNITIES ARE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH FOR U.S. INVESTORS AND EXPORTS, ACCORDING TO MR. BRANCHO, WHO SAID HE EXPECTS SURGES IN THE CHEMICAL, TRANSPORTATION, AUTO AND AUTO PARTS MANUFACTURING AND AERONAUTICS SECTORS.

ON NOV. 1, THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY WAS RENAMED THE EUROPEAN UNION TO  UNDERSCORE THE POLITICAL GOALS OF ITS MEMBER COUNTRIES. SETTING UP IN EUROPE WAS ORGANIZED BY ADHESIONS & ASSOCIES, ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO. AND KILPATRICK & CODY.