Portuguese-speaking nations to see biggest ever participation in Macau International Fair

20 October 2009

Macau, China, 20 Oct – The 14th edition of the Macau International Fair is due to begin Thursday with a total of 288 delegations from 61 countries and regions, including seven Portuguese-speaking countries, the biggest ever participation in the event.

Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and East Timor, will exhibit together in the Portuguese-speaking Countries Pavilion to promote business and investment opportunities and Portugal will have its own exhibition are at the fair, which will be open between Thursday and Sunday in the convention centre of The Venetian hotel.

According to the organisers, the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo will this year for the first time have its own pavilion at the fair with four stands and Brazil will send its biggest ever delegation to the event.

Lee Pen g Hong, the chairman of IPIM (Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute), which is responsible for organising the fair, noted Monday at a press conference that “participation by Portuguese-speaking countries this year is higher than ever, which boosts Macau’s role as a business platform between Portuguese-speaking countries and China.”

“We understand that the interest of Portuguese-speaking countries in China and Chinese businesspeople is growing and, thus, Macau’s long term strategy is to work with Portuguese-speaking countries,” he said.

According to the coordinator of the Support Office of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, Rita Santos “over 100 Portuguese-speaking officials from trade and investment p0romotionbodies,” are due to travel to Macau.

The seven ambassadors of Portuguese-speaking countries in Beijing will also travel to the Macau International Fair to take part in a seminar on the business opportunities available between the business communities of China and the Portuguese-speaking nations. (macauhub)