Portugal’s Secretary of State for Commerce to visit China at the end of September

15 September 2006

Beijing, China, 15 Sept – The Portuguese secretary of state for commerce is scheduled to visit China on September 26 and 27, the Ministry of the Economy said Thursday in Lisbon adding that Minister Manuel Pinho had put off his visit due to scheduling problems.

Fernando Serrasqueiro, the secretary of state for commerce, services and consumer defense, had said the Economy Minister’s visit to China would take place during the meeting of economy ministers of the Forum for Economic Cooperation and Development between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Forum Macau).

The secretary of state, who visited China in April, will now visit Shanghai where 25 young professionals are doing work experience as part of the Inov-Contacto program run by the Economy Ministry and where Portugal opened a consulate-general on September 6.

Pinho and Serrasqueiro will take part in Forum Macau on September 24 and 25, an initiative of the central government of the People’s Republic of China, which ionvolves China and all the Portuguese-speaking countries with the exception of Sao Tome and Principe.

In 2005, bilateral trade with China totaled some 800 million euros, with Portuguese exports increasing 57.4 percent between January and November 2005 against the previous year, the largest increase amongst non-EU countries, according to the Portuguese National Statistics Institute (INE). (macauhub)