China and Portuguese-speaking countries to set cooperation strategy on 1-2 February

15 January 2010

Macau, China, 15 Jan – Ambassadors from the Portuguese-speaking countries with diplomatic ties to China will be in Macau on 1-2 February for the fifth meeting of the Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking world.

A diplomatic source told the Portuguese news agency Lusa that the annual meeting would serve to “review the forum’s activity and look into the future”. The high point this year will be the ministerial meeting held every three years.
Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On has announced that the ministerial meeting will be held in May, coinciding with Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

The organisation’s new secretary-general, Chan Hexi, will formally take office at the February meeting, which will be attended by representatives from China and Macau and by the Beijing-accredited ambassadors from Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and East Timor.

China established the Macau Special Administrative Region to be its springboard for strengthening economic and commercial cooperation with the Portuguese-speaking countries in 2003, the year the forum was created. (macauhub)