Portuguese-speaking countries should maintain representations in Macau – Angolan consul-general

16 August 2010

Macau, China, 16 Aug – All the Portuguese-speaking countries should make an effort to maintain consular or commercial offices in Macau, Angolan consul-general Rodrigo Pedro Domingos has stated.

In an interview published on Friday in the newspaper Macau Hoje, the Angolan diplomat said the presence of consular representations from other Portuguese language countries in Macau, besides Angola and Portugal, would definitely support the activity of small and medium sized companies in this region and help create partnerships with local counterparts.

Pedro Domingos has headed Angola’s consulate-general in Macau since it opened three years ago. He said he was certain that Macau would continue to play a major role among the Portuguese language countries by facilitating contacts and economic relations with China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He also told the newspaper that China’s relations with Angola are excellent and have never enjoyed “such a serious, correct and honest relationship as at present”.

“China has backed us strongly and in various ways, such as granting credit lines involving many companies so that we can build what is currently most necessary in Angola, such as roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and housing,” the diplomat said.

Pedro Domingos said he was certain that the fact that Angola will head the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) for the next two years would boost that body’s activity, given that the Angolan president “is a person who pays close attention to existing programmes and projects in the sectors of health, housing, sports and the fight against poverty, among others.”

“This is the time to invest in Angola, now that we have a very favourable law on foreign investment and it is a large country with so much to do, in mining, in commerce, in the most diverse industries and in construction,” the diplomat said in the interview.

Among the Portuguese-speaking countries, Angola is the second-ranking economic partner of China after Brazil, with trade of US$11 billion in the first five months of 2010. (macauhub)