Macau and Chinese province of Fujian work to attract business from EU

18 June 2007

Fuzhou, China, 18 June – Macau and the Chinese province of Fujian are to organize a joint event with the European Union (EU) to attract business to their region, the head of the Macau government, Edmund Ho said during a visit to Fuzhou Saturday.

Ho is in Fuzhou to take part in the Seminar on Fujian-Macau Economic Cooperation and Development of the West Coast of the Strait and the Annual Meeting of the Association to Promote Economic Cooperation between Fujian and Macau.

“Fujian has made best use of Macau’s role as a platform to explore new international markets, via the joint organization of visits to Portuguese-speaking countries and taking part in events for promotion and cooperation,” Ho said.

Ho noted that together with Fujian, Macau had organized trips by businesspeople to Mozambique, Angola, Brazil and other markets.

“The government of Macau has also scheduled, for April of next year, an international forum on environmental protection industries, which will be another opportunity to promote direct cooperation and dialogue between Fujian and Macau and companies linked to the environmental protection of the European Union,” Ho said.

In terms of tourism, Macau and Fujian plan to boost promotional events for the two territories, by organizing tours based on the A-Ma goddess, from the 17th century, whose name is the origin of the word Macau.

Fujian and Macau are part of the Great Pearl River Delta (GPRD) Chinese regional alliance, which is also known as 9+2, and includes Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan, as well as the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong.

The eight provinces and the autonomous region of Guangxi represent a fifth of national territory and a third of the country’s population and its gross domestic product (GDP). Its population is similar to that of the country’s of the European Union (EU).

The province of Fujian, with an area of 121,400 square kilometers, has a population of 35 million people and is located on the Chinese coast facing Taiwan. (macauhub)