Macau has important role as a bridge between China and Portuguese and Latin world, says head of government

27 September 2007

Macau, China, 27 Sept – The head of the Macau government, Edmund Ho, said Tuesday there were a vast number of opportunities available between Asia and Latin America and highlighted Macau’s role as a bridge between China and the Portuguese and Latin world.

Edmund Ho, who was speaking during the 13th Congress of the International Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, noted that both the public and private sector have been focusing on services, namely as a cooperation platform between the Pearl River Delta.

“Macau has been experiencing, over the last few years, enormous development driven by the tourism sector that is becoming diversified via elements such as gaming and gambling, culture, expositions and conventions, shopping, sport and international events, all of which provide more business opportunities, especially in the services sector,” he said.

The congress of the International Federation, which ends Friday, has the participation of 400 academics from 30 countries and territories that are discussing, amongst other issues, the role of Macau as a platform for cooperation between Asia-Pacific and Latin America in the 21st century.

The Macau Association for Promotion of Interchange between Asia-Pacific and Latin America was created in 2005 and aims to promote Macau as a bridge between China, Asia-Pacific and Latin America through actions such as seminars, studies and economic, cultural and tourism exchange. (macauhub)