Macau wants to be platform for European environment industry in Chinese market

20 June 2006

Brussels, Belgium, 20 June – Macau wants to be a platform for European environment industries to enter the Chinese market, said the head of the Macau government at a meeting held Monday with the President of the European Commission.

Edmund Ho and José Manuel Durão Barroso met in Brussels as part of a visit that the head of the Macau government was making to the Belgian capital and the community headquarters. The two discussed EU/Macau cooperation and defined the political aim of boosting bilateral cooperation.

Macau and the EU want to focus on “boosting cooperation,” Ho said, with industries linked to environmental protection as one of the areas to explore in the near future.

Ho also said that cooperation in the environmental sector would make use of Macau as an entry-point into China and particularly into the Great Pearl River Delta, which includes eight provinces, one autonomous region and two special administrative regions – Macau and Hong Kong.

As well as the environment, the EU, in its annual report on Macau due to be published in the Fall, will focus on trade, tourism, migration, cultural relations and transport as preferential cooperation sectors, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

Ho said at the end of the meeting with Barroso that Macau “wants to strengthen the existing base of cooperation,” along with current programs for training interpreters and in the legal area.

Ho and the deputy prime minister and Belgian finance minister, Didier Reynders signed a protocol to prevent double taxation.

Macau has similar protocols with Portugal and with mainland China and is negotiating with all Portuguese-speaking countries, and Mozambique is expected to be the next country to sign a protocol.

On Wednesday Ho will begin a visit to Portugal, his second as head of the Macau government. (macauhub)