Head of Macau government in Portugal to boost cooperation

21 June 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 21 June – The head of the Macau government, Edmund Ho, began a four-day visit to Portugal Wednesday to deal with issues of bilateral interest and boost his region’s role as a platform linking China to Portuguese-speaking nations.

“I believe that my visit to Portugal will become another contribution for Macau to fulfil its aims,” said Ho referring to the territory’s role in the relationship Beijing has with Portuguese-speaking countries.

On this, his second official visit to Portugal since China took over the administration of Macau, Ho is due to meet with Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the country’s parliamentary president, the Prime Minister, four ministers and the Mayor of the Lisbon Council.

Ho said he was “convinced that this meeting will help to strengthen the friendship as well as cooperation between Macau and Portugal.”

“In the last few years bilateral cooperation has been very successful especially in the economic, financial, security and legal sectors,” Ho said.

Before his visit to Lisbon, Ho visited Brussels to meet with the president of the European commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso.

On Tuesday Ho was present at the signing of a partnership contract between teh companies, ATAL Engineering Limited (Hong Kong), Waterleau Global Water Technology NV (Belgium) and Companhia de Engenharia e de Construção da China (Macau) for the design and construction of the second phase the Coloane Island Waste water Treatment Plant.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed within less than two years, has an estimated cost of 24.75 million euros and increases the waste water treatment capacity from a current 20,000 cubic meters per day to 130,000 cubic meters in a process considered by the Belgian company as being “more demanding in environmental terms than European standards.” (macauhub)