200 companies from China and Portuguese-speaking countries take part in 2nd Business Forum

10 April 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 10 April – Around 200 companies and official entities from China and Portuguese-speaking countries are due to take part from Monday in Lisbon in the 2nd Meeting of Businesspeople for Bilateral Economic Cooperation and Trade.

According to the final attendance list, to which macauhub had access, Portugal and China will be the most represented countries.

At the event, held Monday and Tuesday, more than 81 Portuguese companies, including Galp Energia and Portugal Telecom, two of the biggest in the country, cement company Secil, airport management company ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, and financial institutions such as Banco Português de Investimento (BPI) and Millennium BCP.

From the construction sector there will be OPCA, Hagen and Profabril, as well as the country’s largest construction company, Mota-Engil, and the main business association of the sector, AECOPS.

Macau will have 24 participating companies, particularly trading and chemical and pharmaceutical product companies including Long Far Pharmaceutical Holding Limited, Fábrica de Farmacêuticos Sanjing Central of Macau, Ample Corp. – Medicare Equipamentos Médicos, and Companhia de Produtos químicos e Petrolíferos Nam Kwong.

Industry will be represented by Efacec Asia-Pacific, Huamei Elevator, Kin Fat International Developments and Hua Ya Investment Group.

From the Macau financial sector there will be the China Industrial and Trade Bank and BPI’s offshore Macau branch, while from the tourism sector there will be the China Travel Service, Macau CTS Hotel Management and the School of Tourism Management of the Beijing International Studies University.

The Macau institute for promotion of trade and investment is due to bring a large delegation to Lisbon, headed by executive board member Chan Keng Hong.

Of the African countries, Mozambique has the most representation, with 11 companies attending including fishing and farming company Prapesca and Armazéns Gabriel Xavier da Barca, construction company Wade Adams, real estate company Chaves de Casa, and soft drinks company Vumba and Intersol Tours.

Around 70 companies will be traveling from China, including the International Relations Department of the Chinese Council for Promoting International Trade (CCPIT) led by director-general Sui Jianmin.

The autonomous region of Inner Mongolia will be the most represented, particularly by delegations from the Xingan league and local authorities from the districts of Zhalaite and Ulanhol.

The event is part of the Plan of Action for Economic and Trade Cooperation signed by ministers from the countries involved and the Protocol for Cooperation between Trade Promotion Agencies/Chambers of Commerce of the eight countries – China, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Brazil and East Timor. (macauhub)