Cape Verde and Brazil want Forum Macau to expand cooperation to new areas of development

13 November 2010

Macau, China, 13 Nov – The Cape Verdean Minister of State and for Infrastructure, Transport and Telecommunications Saturday in Macau called for the need for relations between Portuguese-speaking countries and China to extend to new areas such as manufacturing, agri-livestock, tourism and finance.

Manuel Inocêncio Sousa, who was speaking at the opening of the 3rd ministerial conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, also said that it was necessary to create a greater investment dynamic, specifically in the energy sector.

The Cape Verdean Minister said that the Forum’s Working Group on Investments should focus its activities on promoting investment projects that generate wealth and economic growth in all the Portuguese-speaking countries with the involvement of the business communities, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Brazilian representative at the ministerial conference also said that, “without playing down the objective merits of an economic and commercial nature that inspired the creation of the Forum, the Brazilian government is interested in the inclusion of new areas of cooperation such as education and health.”

Ambassador Pedro Luiz Carneiro de Mendonça, deputy minister for Economic and Technological Affairs said that Brazil, “sees Forum Macau in a positive light due to its role in cooperation with and development of the Portuguese-speaking countries.” (macauhub)