Secretary of the Economy, appointed in 1969. One of Portugal’s leading young economists, with a brilliant academic record in Portugal, Britain, France and Italy. Statistician and planner, he was enlisted as an economic adviser to the Governor-General at the age of 26. A much sought-after consultant with an unusual range of experience in economic, industrial, banking and tariff affairs.
Educated locally then studied in Italy from 1955 to 1956 and graduated in 1959 with an economics degree from the Institute of Economic Sciences in Lisbon. He studied statistics in Paris in 1961 and management in Britain in 1968.
Beginning as an economic researcher, he divided his time afterwards between lecturing and being an economic consultant. From 1959 to 1961 and from 1963 to 1969 he lectured in statistics at the Higher Institute of Economic and Financial Studies. He was consultant to the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce from 1959 to 1961. He did research at the National Development Bank from 1959 to 1960 and was a technical adviser at the research department of the Companhia Uniao Fabril from 1960 to 1961 and from 1963 to 1966.
He travelled to Angola in 1963 to help set up the Technical Committee for Planning and Economic Integration. In 1966 he went to Mozambique to help prepare the third national development plan for spending £230,500,000 over a seven-year period. In 1969 he went to Brazil on a mission organised by the Companhia Uniao Fabril to study industrial relations. His work as an economic consultant to the Governor General of Angola from 1962 to 1964 left such an impression that five years later he was appointed to the provincial administration.