Macau to organize business exchange with European Union and Fujian

10 September 2007

Xiamen, China, 10 Sept – Macau will in October host a business and cooperation exchange with the participation of the European Union and the Chinese province of Fujian, Macau chief executive has said.

Edmund Ho said Friday in Xiamen that the gathering should take place during the 12th Macau International Fair (MIF) held on October 18-21, and should “stimulate trilateral investment cooperation”.

He made his comments during the Second West (Taiwan) Strait Coast Economic Zone Forum, adding that Macau, Fujian and the companies from that Chinese province “will continue to take part in the activities of the Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, to be undertaken in Macau, and also to jointly enter the markets of those same countries”.

The Macau chief executive also reaffirmed Macau’s desire to continue improving economic cooperation, tourism and cultural ties with Fujian, especially with the west coast of the Taiwan Strait.

Fujian and Macau belong to the Chinese alliance of the Greater Pearl River Delta region, also known as the “9+2”, which encompasses Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

The eight provinces and the Guangxi autonomous region represent a fifth of the national territory and a third of China’s population and gross domestic product. Its population is similar to that of the European Union countries.

Fujian province is located on the mainland coast opposite the island of Taiwan. It has an area of 121,400 square kilometers and a population of 35 million people. (macauhub)