Head of Macau government says that Portuguese heritage makes Macau “unique place” in China

12 November 2010

Macau, China, 12 Nov – Macau’s Portuguese heritage makes the current special administrative region a “unique place” in China, as a privileged platform for Chinese companies to access Portuguese-speaking markets, the Chief Executive of Macau, Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday.

The leader of the government, in a statement written to Portuguese news agency Lusa about the 3rd Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, due to take place in Macau on 13 and 14 November, also noted the territory’s “pride” at being chosen as the headquarters for the Forum.

“It is a reason for great pride for Macau to have been chosen in 2004, at the proposal of the People’s Republic of China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, to house the headquarters of the permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries,” said Chui Sai On.

The leader of the Macau government added that hosting the ministerial conferences in the territory, “is recognition of the determining role that Macau has performed in the China’s process of opening up, especially in its relations with Portuguese-speaking countries.”

The 3rd ministerial conference of Forum Macau will be attended, amongst others, by the heads of government of China, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Portugal and the President of East Timor. (macauhub)

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