Businesspeople from China and Macau travel to Portugal for business meeting

15 June 2010

Macau, China, 15 June – Around 150 businesspeople from China and Macau are due to travel to Portugal to take part in the 6th Meeting for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, to be held in Lisbon on 23 and 24 June.

Some 40 businesspeople from Macau will take part along with over 100 from China, a source from the Macau Institute for Promotion of Trade and Investment (IPIM), which is promoting the meeting in partnership with Portugal’s Agency for Foreign Investment and Trade (AICEP) and the CCPIT (China Council for Promotion of International Trade).

The Macau and Chinese businesspeople will take part in the meeting together with their counterparts from Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and East Timor, whilst Sao Tome and Principe will not take part in the initiative as it has diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The meeting, which is part of the cooperation protocol between the organisations for trade promotion/chambers of commerce, signed in Macau in 2003, and this year is promoted by AICEP, after in 2009 it was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The opening of the event, on 23 June, will be attended by the Portuguese Minister for the Economy, Innovation and Development, Vieira da Silva, followed by speeches from the chairman of AICEP, Basílio Horta, the deputy chairman of the CCPIT, Zhang Wei, as well as the secretary-general of the Macau Forum, Chang Hexi.

In order to take advantage of the business meeting, Macau and the Chinese province of Guangdong plan to organise, similarly to what they did in 2009 in Brazil, joint promotional activities in Porto on 25 June, and in Madrid on 28 June, in order to attract partners to projects in the Pearl River Delta region and to find new business opportunities. (macauhub)