Lisbon to host next China-Lusophone business meet

14 August 2009

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 Aug – The 6th edition of the Meeting of Entrepreneurs for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Lusophone counties will be staged in Lisbon in 2010, organizers said Thursday at the close of this year’s event in Rio de Janeiro.

The date for next year’s meeting has yet to be fixed but it will take place in either June or early July, the head of Portugal’s AICEP investments and exports promotion agency, Basilio Horta, told the Lusa news agency at the close of the Rio encounter that wound up with the signing of five cooperation accords between executives and trade promotion bodies.

Portugal is “honored” to be invited to stage the next meeting, said Horta. Macau was also a strong candidate to receive the 2010 edition of the entrepreneurial gathering. Horta called for a preparatory meeting of Lusophone investment agencies ahead of next year’s gathering.

The accords inked in Rio were between companies from East Timor and Macau in the area of frozen meats, between Timor and Brazil to buy food products and between Macau and Angola to import and distribute Angolan coffee in China.

Additionally, a letter of intent for cooperation was signed between Angola and Macau for supply of frozen meats. The Angolan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIA) and its Timorese counterpart formalized a cooperation pact.

According to Brazil’s APEX, which organized the event in partnership with the Chinese Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Institute for Promotion of Trade and Investment of Macau (IPIM), the meeting is “an instrument in the strengthening and increase in trade flow and investments” between the states involved.

The Rio event brought together 350 participants, with nearly 200 from Macau and the Chinese province of Guangdong. (macauhub)