AI Portugal 2030

Strategies and Action Plans

The ‘AI Portugal 2030’ strategy is an ambitious national initiative aimed at fostering artificial intelligence (AI) development and integration across various sectors in Portugal. The strategy outlines several key objectives and actions to ensure Portugal becomes a leader in AI by 2030. Here are the main points:

Vision and Objectives:

  1. Knowledge-Intensive Labour Market:
    • Develop a strong community of companies producing and exporting AI technologies.
    • Support high-level research and innovation.
  2. Economic Growth and Efficiency:
    • Ensure AI technologies are available to enhance the efficiency and quality of activities in SMEs, public services, and everyday life.
  3. AI Education and Skills:
    • Position Portugal at the forefront of AI education.
    • Equip every student with computer science knowledge and promote AI skills.
  4. New Job Creation and AI Economy:
    • Foster a supply chain of AI services accessible to SMEs.
    • Encourage the development of AI algorithms and their market adoption.

Key Areas of Focus:

  1. Urban Transformation and Smart Cities:
    • Utilize AI for traffic control, public safety, energy efficiency, and autonomous vehicles.
  2. Sustainable Energy Systems:
    • Implement intelligent energy management systems to address climate change and energy security.
  3. Biodiversity and Environment:
    • Apply AI to precision agriculture, marine species conservation, and forest management.
  4. Mobility and Autonomous Driving:
    • Develop intelligent transport systems to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, and enhance driver experience.
  5. Cybersecurity:
    • Develop adaptive AI algorithms to enhance cybersecurity measures and respond to new threats.
  6. Healthcare:
    • Use AI for disease diagnosis, patient care improvement, and the development of new drugs.

Strategic Actions:

  1. Research and Innovation:
    • Promote fundamental and applied AI research.
    • Foster international collaborations and participate in European networks.
  2. Public Administration Modernization:
    • Support R&D projects that leverage AI to improve public services and decision-making processes.
  3. Qualification and Specialization:
    • Enhance digital skills and AI education at all levels.
    • Re-skill and up-skill the workforce to meet the demands of the AI-driven market.
  4. Ethical and Secure AI:
    • Ensure AI technologies are developed and implemented ethically.
    • Create regulatory frameworks and guidelines for AI usage.


The strategy emphasizes a dynamic and evolving process, with continuous annual reviews and mobilization of citizens and stakeholders. It aims to balance economic growth with societal well-being, ensuring AI technologies are used to improve quality of life while maintaining ethical standards and societal values.