Macau to host forum on China’s cooperation with Portuguese language countries in November

19 October 2010

Macau, China, 19 Oct – The ministerial meeting of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries will be held in Macau on 13-14 November, the organisation’s secretariat has announced.

The theme topic of this third ministerial meeting is “Diversified Cooperation, Harmonious Development”. It will also include a conference of entrepreneurs and officials involved in finance.

The Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese Language Countries (Macau Forum) is an organisation of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce realised by the government of Macau. It joins together Angola, Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, East Timor, Macau and China.

Since it was created in October 2003 the Macau Forum has sought to boost development and increase commercial ties between the countries in the group. Sao Tome and Principe is not a member as it maintains diplomatic relations with Taipei and not Beijing.

Trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries grew by 60.52 percent year-on-year to US$58.57 billion between January and August 2010, indicate official Chinese customs figures. (macauhub)