Praia, Cape Verde, 2 June – Around 2,000 businesspeople from China and the Portuguese-speaking countries have so far taken part in meetings for economic and trade cooperation held in Luanda, Lisbon, Maputo and Cape Verde since 2003, according to Echo Chan, executive director of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) said.
In a statement from IPIM Echo Chan said that 250 businesspeople were present in Cape Verde, four cooperation protocols were signed and 195 contact meetings were held.
Echo Chan also said, according to the statement, that in the previous three meetings, held in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, 1,600 businesspeople from China and the Portuguese-speaking countries attended.
The vice president of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), one of the organisations responsible for holding the meeting, said, in his turn that the meeting had the aim of “helping Chinese companies to find out about the potential of Portuguese-speaking countries spread across Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, with their abundance of natural resources and a consumer market of 250 million people.”
Zhang Wei also said that in 2007, “bilateral trade totalled US$46.3 billion with a rise of 36 percent against 2006.”
The Macau delegation, which was present at the meeting with 24 businesspeople, took advantage of their stop off in Lisbon to promote the 13th Macau International Fair due to take place in Macau between 23 and 26 October and the 12th China International Fair for Investment & trade, to be held in Xiamen – mainland China between 8 and 11 September, 2008.
The meeting of businesspeople for the Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries – Cape Verde – 2008 was held in Praia between 28 and 30 May. (macauhub)