China: Deputy minister heads delegation to Mozambique, Angola and Portugal

24 March 2009

Macau, China, 24 Mar – China’s Deputy Trade Minister, Jiang Zengwei, left on Monday for a trip to Mozambique, Angola and Portugal to strengthen economic and trade relations between China and the three Portuguese-speaking countries.

In statements made to Portuguese news agency, Lusa, Rita Santos, Coordinator of the Supporting Office to the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, said that a “successful visit” was expected and stressed that “for the first time, a visit by an official of the Chinese Trade Ministry is supported by the logistical platform of Macau.”

“Yet it also has the support of businesspeople from Macau who have, over recent years, maintained frequent contact with these countries, promoting business and investment,” said Santos.

Macau has been the link between China and the Portuguese-speaking world since 2003, hosting not only the permanent secretariat of the Forum, but also the ministerial meeting which takes place every three years.

The political and business delegation which left for Mozambique, Angola and Portugal includes a dozen Chinese businesspeople, as well as nine from Macau.

The delegation will remain in Mozambique until 26 March from where a part of the delegation will head for Lisbon and the other, led by Jiang Zengwei, will visit Angola and remain in Luanda until 28 March.

The latest available data – collected between January and October – indicate that trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking world totalled US$68.07 billion, an increase of 89.5 percent which is very favourable to the Portuguese-speaking world given that the eight countries imported products worth US$21.12 billion and sold products worth US$46.94 billion. (macauhub)