East Timor and China to sign technical cooperation protocol in Macau

4 September 2006

Dili, East Timor, 04 Sept – East Timor and China are scheduled to sign in Macau a technical and economic cooperation protocol and two aid notes, East Timor’s development minister, Arcanjo da Silva told Portuguese news agency Lusa in Dili Saturday.

The minister, who is set to head a political and business mission at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Forum for Economic and comemrical Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, also said that the aid notes were for Chinese support for production of anti-malarial medication and for planting hybrid rice.

Arcanjo da Silva added that cooperation between East Timor and the People’s Republic of China had intensified over the last few years due to work by the Chinese embassy in supporting the actions of Development Ministry.

The Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, created in 2003, was launched by China to boost Macau’s special relationship with Portuguese-speaking countries and aims to tighten multilateral links in order to encourage cooperation and trade.

The meeting, which is due to take place between September 24 and 25, will be attended by high-ranking trade officials from China and Portuguese-speaking countries, with the exception of Sao Tome and Principe.

Sao Tome’s absence is due to its keeping diplomatic ties with Taiwan. (macauhub)