500 companies attend meeting of Chinese and Portuguese-language businesspeople

15 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 March – Around 500 companies are expected to attend the meeting of businesspeople from China and from the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP), the chairman of the organizing body said Wednesday in Maputo.

The projection was made at a press conference by the chairman of the Mozambican Institute for Export Promotion (IPEX), João Macaringue, who called on businesspeople to see the meeting as a “unique opportunity” to promote national industry.

The meeting, scheduled for April 18 to 20 in Maputo, is the first of its kind held in Mozambique and aims to “boost cooperation and exchange” between Chinese and CPLP businesspeople.

“It is an official initiative of the Chinese government which, using Macau as a link, and aims to boost economic cooperation and exchange between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries,” a document on the event said.

According to Macaringue the meeting will be “a unique opportunity to present the variety of resources available” in Mozambique.

So far, he said, around 40 Mozambican companies had signed up.

The meeting will be attended by businesspeople from the textile, food, footwear, construction, banking, insurance, hotel and tourism, and biotechnology sectors amongst others.

As well as businesspeople, the meeting will also bring together representatives of agencies for promoting trade and investment, chambers of commerce and business associations from China and the CPLP.

The meeting is organized by the CTA and by the Institute of Export Promotion of Mozambique (IPEX), an organisation that is part of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. (macauhub)