Madeira: Country and Foreign Investment
Investments by Foreigners
This page was last updated on 10 Oct 2018.
Madeira is part of Portugal, which sees foreign investment as an essential part of its overall strategy to modernize the economy. Under a simple post facto registration regime for foreign investment established in 1995, foreign investors need only register with the Foreign Trade, Tourism, and Investment Promotion Agency (ICEP) within 30 days from the day they make their investment. The regime is designed to obtain administrative or statistical information and applies to all foreign investors, EU and non-EU alike.
Portugal applies some percentage limits to ownership of entities in certain sectors, including air transport, television and telecommunications.
The Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira, S.A. (SDM) is the company that administers and promotes the Madeira International Business Centre. SDM helps new investors to negotiate any institutional hurdles they may encounter while starting their investment in Madeira.