Rio de Janeiro hosts entrepreneurs from China and Lusophone states

10 August 2009

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10 Aug – The city of Rio de Janeiro hosts from Tuesday to Thursday the Brazilian edition of the Meeting of Entrepreneurs for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese Language Countries.

The Brazilian version of the event involves a string of meetings, rounds of negotiations and shows, “which will give participants the possibility of pinpointing forms of cooperation between countries, explore projects of common interest and establish partnerships that contribute to development of the states concerned,” the organization said in a statement.

The event is the responsibility if the Brazilian Exports and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brazil), in partnership with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Institute of Promotion of Trade and Investment of Macau (Ipim).

It is one of the cooperation protocol initiatives between trade promotion bodies and Chambers of Commerce, set up by the Forum of Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese Language Countries (Macau) in October 2003.

A coordination meeting takes place Tuesday between delegation chiefs and there is a welcome dinner laid on by Apex-Brazil. The official opening of the plenary meeting on Wednesday will be led by Alessandro Teixeira, chairman of Apex-Brazil, Wei Zhang, deputy-chairman of CCPIT, and Lee Peng Hong, chairman of Ipim.

On the same day there will be presentations on the climate for investment and business in each of the Portuguese language states (except for Sao Tome), chaired, among others, by the secretary general of the Angolan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIA), Antonio Tiago Gomes, the chairman of Cape Verde Investments, Rui Cardoso Santos, the chairman of Mozambique’s IPEX, Joao Jose Macarengue, or the chairman of AICEP Portugal, Basilio Horta.

China’s presentation will be made by Wan Qingliang, deputy governor for the province of Guangdong, and Echo Chan, Ipim’s executive board member.

There is also a session scheduled on economic and trade cooperation between China and the Lusophone states during which a study will be presented from the Institute of Economic and Applied Research (IPEA), followed by a debate between Eduardo Ambrosio, chairman of the Association of International Trade for Lusophone markets and representatives of the Brazil-China Business Council, and a representative of a Chinese company.

A sector roundtable will also take place with presentations of success cases and parallel discussions in two venues on “analysis and perspectives of world scenarios in biofuels” and “entertainment products for Portuguese language states.”

There will also be an exchange of contracts and the inauguration, in the Copacabana Fort, of an exhibition on the “Macau Special Administrative Region – A Success Story”, organized by the Macau International Institute and part of the commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Special Administrative Region.

On Wednesday, the final day of the event, protocols will be inked and the meetings results will be made public.

Trade between China and Lusophone states in 2008 surpassed the goal defined for 2009 with double-digit growth in a year-on comparison with all Portuguese language states except for East Timor and Cape Verde, which both recorded negative results. (macauhub)