Macau’s participation in the Great Delta provides new opportunities – Edmund Ho

5 June 2006

Macau, China, 05 June – Macau’s participation in the Great Pearl River Delta opens up new opportunities for development and business, the head of the Macau government Edmund Ho said Sunday.

On leaving for Kunming heading an official delegation taking part in the Forum for Regional Development and Cooperation of the Great Pearl River Delta, Edmund Ho said that, due to geographical location and tradition, Macau had mainly cooperated with the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian.

However, he explained, the setting up of the Great Pearl River Delta Region, which includes nine provinces – Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan – and the two Special administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong, opens up new opportunities.

Macau “now has a larger development area. Local business people can now expand their businesses to other provinces, particularly in the central and eastern areas of the country, and take advantage of greater commercial opportunities,” Ho said.

Ho added that he hope the visit would further widen the “previously multilaterally approved cooperation program and framework.”

“It is a good opportunity to ASEAN countries the tourism and other potential of Macau as an economic platform, particularly its role in the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries,” he said.

The Macau delegation also includes the Secretary of the Economy and Finance, Francis Tam, and several business people that will take part in several contact and business meetings.

Kunming has an estimated population of a little over 1 million people and is the provincial capital of Yunnan, which to the West borders Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Vietnam to the South. (macauhub)