Macau, China, 22 March – Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries totaled US$34.080 billion in 2006, or 46.9 percent more than in 2005, according to official figures published in Macau Wednesday.
According to an official statement from the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, imports to China from Portuguese-speaking countries totaled US$24.29 billion, or 43.1 percent more than in 2005.
The value of Chinese exports to those countries was US$9.79 billion, or a 57.4 percent rise.
Between 2003, the year in which the first Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries was held in Macau, trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries has tripled.
One of China’s aims, set in September in Macau, was for trade with Portuguese-speaking countries to reach US$33 billion, a figure which has already been exceeded.
Created in 2003, Forum Macau is organized by the government of Special Administrative Region of Macau, which has been given the role of bridge to the Portuguese-speaking world. (macauhub)