Macau wants to support Chinese provinces in cooperating with Portuguese-speaking world

18 January 2006

Nanchang, China, 18 Jan – Macau will make efforts to support Chinese provinces interested in developing contacts with Portuguese-speaking countries, the head of the Macau government. Edmund Ho said Tuesday in Nanchang.

“I believe that Macau, as a platform (in China) for relationships with Portuguese-speaking countries, will make efforts to support Chinese provinces in their economic and trade relationships with Portuguese-speaking countries,” said Ho during a three-day visit to Jiangxi province which is due to end today.

According to figures published by China’s Ministry of Commerce Tuesday in Beijing, in 2005 Chinese companies invested US$50 billion abroad, representing an increase of 17.9 percent in the period between 2002 and 2005.

Ho said that since power had been handed over from Portugal to China in 1999, the Gross Domestic Product of the Special Administrative Region of Macau had increased by 75.9 percent and now stood at 8 billion euros.

Located in the southwest of mainland China, JiangXi has an area of 160,000 square kilometers and a population of 42.8 million, 15.2 million of whom live in the province’s cities.

JiangXi province is part of the Great region of the Pearl River Delta and borders the provinces of Guangdong Hunan, Fujian, Hubei, Zhejiang and Anhui. In 2003 the province’s Gross domestic product totaled US$34 billion, with per capita income of US$803. (macauhub)