15th Macau International Fair open from Thursday to Sunday

20 October 2010

Macau, China, 20 Oct – The 15th Macau International Fair begins this Thursday and has confirmed the scheduling of nearly 900 trading exchanges and the signing of 50 business agreements, the head of the organising body said on Tuesday in Macau.

The president of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Jackson Chang, told Portuguese news agency Lusa that nearly 2000 commercial projects would use the event to seek business partners. IPIM is responsible for organising the fair in coordination with 21 other institutions.

The open-door event runs from Thursday through Sunday at the convention centre in The Venetian hotel. This year’s Macau International Fair will be the biggest ever, due to an expanded exhibition area and international component.

The fair’s motto is “Cooperation – Key for Business Opportunities”. This year it counts 1,400 stands set up by 760 exhibitors from 60 countries and regions. Some are taking part for the first time, like Slovakia, Panama and Ainao.

Besides exhibitors from the European Union, Association of South East Asian Nations, mainland China and Taiwan, the event will count three pavilions from the Portuguese language countries, one to promote business and investment opportunities in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and East Timor, another just for Portugal and a third for Brazil.

A total of 318 trade delegations will take part in the fair with more than 3,300 professionals, among them about 90 entrepreneurs from the Portuguese language countries.

First time participants in the fair include a delegation from Beijing, with 40 companies promoting their products and services, and from Ainao and Hengqin islands (Zhuhai), looking to attract investors for projects in the region.

Some 38 forums and seminars will be held parallel to the event, including a summit of worldwide Chinese entrepreneurs, a round table between Portuguese-speaking countries, China’s Fujian province and Macau, and a cooperation seminar between the European Union and Macau. (macauhub)