Development Association of Alto Tâmega´s Region
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Development Association of Alto Tâmega´s Region

Development Association of the Alto Tâmega’s Region(ADRAT) has been working in entrepreneurship promotion since 1990. ADRAT developed a financial and technical support mechanism in setting up SME, aimed at the general population with special regard to the young entrepreneurs. In this way and through policy instrument at a local level, ADRAT has contributed to the creation of jobs and stimulation of the local economy, as well as promotion of regional products. These activities are directly connected to the tourism sector which has been growing along the years. The tourism activity is quite important for the region’s economy, especially the rural tourism and tourism connected to natural and ecological activities, 22% of the Alto Tâmega’s region is inserted in the Natura 2000 Network and 34% of the area is considered ecological reserve. Many enterprises of small dimension perform tourism activities relating to nature and rural areas, which are believed to be interesting to other partners.

ADRAT develops the activities in the Alto Tâmega’s region, composed by 6 Municipalities, Boticas, Chaves, Montalegre, Ribeira de Pena, Valpaços and Vila Pouca de Aguiar. The main economic SME’s activities in the ADRAT’s intervention area are: agriculture, cattle breeding and forestry; extraction industries; manufacture industries; construction; commerce; accommodation and restaurant; transports and storage; finance activities; etc. The distribution of the PME’s by sector is: 14.58% primary sector; 20.84% secondary sector; 64.58% tertiary sector.

Till June 2011 there was one more region participating in the project – Veliko Tarnovo Municipality from Bulgaria.

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