Brazilians should focus on the services sector in Macau, Brazil-China Chamber says

11 December 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11 Dec – Brazil should focus on the services sector in Macau, which has grown alongside tourism in the territory, Paul Liu, president of the Brazil-China Economic Development Chamber (CBCDE) told Macauhub.

“The large hotels and casinos being built in Macau will have stores, restaurants, beauty shops, patisseries, events and leisure centers and Brazilians are qualified in those areas,” Liu said.

According to the CBCDE president, as well as Brazilian workers, who could be used by companies that are already in Macau, Brazilian companies could help the Macau services sector to develop.

“Restaurant chains, like those for north-eastern cuisine or barbecue restaurants, could be set up there,” Liu said, mentioning restaurants serving food that is typical of the northeast and south of Brazil, respectively.

Liu noted that another services sector that is developing in Macau on the back of tourism – aviation – was already making use of a Brazilian workforce. “Macau’s airline has already hired over 60 Brazilian pilots,” he said.

Liu visited Macau in November at the invitation of the Macau Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIBCM).

In Macau, the heads of the two chambers signed a document in which they pledged to work together to make business, travel and sharing information easier. “In 2007 we are going to carry out more detailed surveys to identify opportunities,” Liu said.

“We are going to take Brazilian business owners and carry out specific excursions there [Macau].”

Along with the surveys and the trips, the CBCDE plans, according to Liu, to carry out events in Brazil to highlight the importance of Macau.

“Macau could be the gateway for Brazilians into China and for the Chinese into Brazil. As was Hong Kong for China, now Macau can be for Brazil and China.” (macauhub)