Edmund Ho takes concept of Macau as China-Lusophone hub on his official Vietnam trip

9 October 2006

Macau, China, 09 Oct – Vietnam has expressed great interest in Macau as a business and trade platform between China and Portuguese language countries, Edmund Ho, chief executive of the Chinese enclave city, said Monday on departure for an official visit to the Southeast Asian state.

Ho, making a five-day visit to Vietnam, said he was hopeful his trip would lead to Macau being used as a hub by Vietnamese business to enter markets in the Lusophone world.

The official trip is being made at the invitation of the Vietnamese government and is aimed to deepen bilateral cooperation. A delegation of Macau business leaders is traveling with Ho and will make several presentations on investment opportunities and the possibility of joint ventures between firms from Vietnam and Macau.

Macau’s tourism department will use the visit to promote the Chinese territory and give information on current developments in industry and infrastructures for the conventions and exhibitions sector.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, as well as the cities of Hanoi and Danang, Macau’s chief executive has a meeting scheduled with Pham Gia Khiem, who serves as Vietnam’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Macau’s Directorate of Tourism Services and the Macau Institute for Promotion of Trade and Investment (IPIM) are bringing a delegation of 80 entrepreneurs from the territory to Vietnam to participate in investment and tourism development conferences. (macauhub)