Representatives of Portuguese-speaking countries consider ministerial conference with China a success

14 November 2010

Macau, China, 14 Nov – Representatives of the seven Portuguese-speaking countries that are members of Forum Macau said Sunday in Macau that the 3rd Ministerial Conference with China “has exceeded expectation and was a success.”

Angola, Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and East Timor Sunday signed a new plan of action for economic and trade cooperation with China for the 2010-2013 period.

“The results of the conference have exceeded expectations and the plan of action reflects exactly that,” said the Angolan economy minister, Abraão Gourgel.

In his turn, the Portuguese secretary of state for Trade, Services and Consumer Protection, Fernando Serrasqueiro, noted that, “belonging to the Forum is a bonus,” based on the Portuguese language.

According to the Brazilian sub-secretary-general of Economic affairs, Pedro Luiz Carneiro de Mendonça, the “results have exceeded expectations,” and Brazil, “can congratulate itself on a longstanding cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries, with which China has been boosting cooperation.”

The assistant secretary of state of the Cape Verdean prime minister, Humberto Brito, noted that, “the role of the Forum is being increased and raised in the implementation of large projects,” saying that, “there are conditions to do more than was done in the last three-year period for the economies and populations.”

The Guinea Bissau minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities, Adelino Queta, noted that “positive result” of the Forum, alongside the Mozambican minister for Industry and Trade, Armando Inroga, who said the meeting was a “success, as it consolidated the partnership between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.”

The East Timor Minister for the Economy and Development, João Gonçalves, said that the measures announced “will greatly contribute to the development of the countries,” whilst the secretary for the Economy and Finance of Macau, Francis Tam, gave assurances that the region, “will implement the platform in an efficient way,” between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.” (macauhub)