Partnership between China and Portuguese language countries is alternative to pass crisis

13 August 2009

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 Aug – Closer ties between China and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) can help the two sides overcome the global economic crisis, business leaders and government officials said Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.

Delegations from the two parties are gathered at the two-day Meeting for Entrepreneurs for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese Language Countries, which began Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.

“We have to stimulate the best cooperation between countries with the aim of reducing the effects of the crisis. For the third time I’m part of a Chinese delegation in search of new cooperation paths and projects between China and Lusophone states. This work will continue,” said Wei Zhang, vice-chairman of Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade.

“The key thing is to keep strengthening cultural and economic ties between Macau and the Portuguese language countries. The economic compatibility between Brazil and China facilitates this exchange and helps to find new roads to soften the international financial crisis,” underscored the chairman of the Institute for the Promotion of Trade and Investment of Macau (Ipim), Lee Peng Hong, at the Rio meeting.

The encounter brings together entrepreneurs from Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and East Timor, in addition to Chinese executives.

It is a yearly meeting organized by the China-Lusophone Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, set up in 2005 and which has already met in Luanda, Lisbon, Maputo, and Praia. (macauhub)