Macau, China, 22 May – Officials from the Chinese province of Hunan on Thursday called for strengthening its cooperation with Macau in tourism and working jointly in Taiwan, said Liu Jie, director of the department of commerce of the Chinese province.
Liu Jiu said that he proposed to Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho the launch of a direct air link between Macau and Changsha (Hunan) with a view to vitalise the Taiwan-Macau-Hunan triangle, boosting each others’ economy and tourism, the MacauNews news agency reported.
Liu Jie said that Taiwan is one of the main tourist markets for Hunan, and therefore Macau taking part in a joint effort would benefit all parties involved.
“At the moment flights between Changsha and Taiwan are always full, so having Macau as an alternative would benefit everyone, bringing more tourists and economic development to the three regions,” he said.
Liu Jie said that direct flights between Macau and Hunan would provide the special administrative region with access to a market of 60 million people only two hours away.
The same Hunan official said that in addition to tourism, the two sides agreed to strengthen its relations in the industry and convention sectors.
Liu Jie also said that Hunan is interested in boosting economic ties with Portuguese-speaking countries via Macau.
Lee Peng Hong, the president of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), was also at the event and invited businessmen from the Chinese province to join a delegation from Macau that is going to take part in a meeting of businessmen from Portuguese-speaking countries, to take place in Rio de Janeiro in August. He also invited Hunan businessmen to be present at the Macau International Trade Fair in October.
In statements made to China Daily, Hunan’s vice-governor Gan Lin also supported strengthening cooperation with Macau and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Gan Lin said Macau is not only an important trading partner, but also a bridge for the province to cooperate with Portuguese-speaking countries, which are highly complementary for Hunan’s resource development, trade and cultural communication.
The province imports $200 million worth of ore and cotton from Brazil every year. Companies from Hunan are building three large projects in the South American nation valued at 1.1 billion yuan. “And we still have great potential for further cooperation,” said Gan Lin.
The province of Hunan concluded its week-long investment and commerce tour in Macau. The tour, which began in Hong Kong, was aimed at making the visited regions aware of the potential of the Chinese province, and to strengthen cooperation and attract investment. (macauhub)