Portugal’s Secretary of State for Transport travels to China to attract traffic to Portuguese ports

7 September 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 7 Sept – Attracting Chinese sea traffic to Portuguese ports as a “gateway” to Europe is the aim of a visit to China by Portugal’s secretary of state for Transport, Ana Paula Vitorino, due to begin Saturday.

With a delegation of around 20 businesspeople, essentially from the sea and ports sector, the visit by Ana Paula Vitorino aims to create partnerships.

The visit to Beijing and Shanghai will include the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries for cooperation in the sea and ports sector and is occurring at a time when the Chinese authorities are renewing sector contracts.

The delegation is due to visit two of the largest Chinese companies in the sector, COSCO and Nuctech, as well as taking part in meetings with CHinese businesspeople.

The Portuguese port of Sines, which will be represented by its chairwoman, Lídia Sequeira, is due to sign a protocol with the port of Tianjin, which is the closest to the Chinese capital and serves a geographic area of 5,000 square kilometres. (macauhub)