Meeting between Chinese businesspeople and CPLP has over 500 participants

16 April 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 April – Over 500 companies are taking part in the meeting of businesspeople from China and from the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP), to be held Wednesday to Friday in Maputo.

Mozambique heads the list of subscribers, with the confirmed participation of 253 companies followed by Chin and Macau, with an expected attendance of 40 companies, and Portugal, with 24 companies.

Brazil “for reasons of a full agenda,” Guinea Bissau “due to the political situation” and East Timor “because of the electoral process,” will have a small attendance at the event, the director of the Information and Market Development Division of IPEX, Maria Rita Freitas said in Maputo Saturday.

‘the interest from businesspeople from Portuguese-speaking countries and China in taking part in this event has been enormous, and we had to extend the deadline for subscription, which was initially supposed to end on April 11,” said Freitas.

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.

Freitas added that the business meeting aimed to “improve trade and economic relations between Portuguese-speaking countries and China.”

“Business cooperation between these two blocs is good, but could and should be improved,” she noted.

The meeting which will run until April 20, will be opened by Mozambique’s prime minister, Luísa Diogo.

The meting is promoted by the Mozambican export promotion agency, IPEX, the Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Macau Institute for Promotion of Investment and Trade (IPIM). (macauhub)