Portuguese transport minister and China’s trade minister attend Forum Macau

19 September 2006

Macau, China, 19 Sept – The Portuguese minister for Transport and Public Works, Mário Lino, is to head the Portuguese delegation that will take part in the ministerial Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries.

Lino will travel to Macau replacing Economy Minister, Manuel Pinho and will be accompanied by the secretary of state for trade, services and consumer defense, Fernando Serrasqueiro, who will then travel on to mainland China on an official visit.

Representing China will be Trade Minister, Bo Xilai, while Angola will be represented by the country’s Trade Minister, Joaquim Muafumua.

Brazil, which is currently in the process of an electoral campaign, will be represented by Executive Secretary of the Development, Industry and Commerce, Ivan Ramalho, whiel Cape Verde will be represented by Economy Minister, João Pereira da Silva.

Guinea Bissau’s delegation will be headed by Trade and Industry Minister, Pascoal Domingos Baticã, East Timor by its Development Minister, Arcanjo da Silva, and Mozambique by Development and Planning Minister Aiuba Cuerneia.

An invitation was made to Sao Tome and Principe – a country which has diplomatic relations with Taiwan rather than Beijing – but no decision has been made by the country’s governmenta s to whether or not to take part as an observer.

At the first meeting held in 2003, The People’s Republic of China also invited the Sao tome government to attend as an observer, an invitation which was turned down allegedly due to the ministers’ schedules being full.

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. (macauhub)