Training Centre for Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries starts operating

30 March 2011

Macau, China, 30 March – The Training Centre of the Forum between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries started operating Tuesday with the aim of training 500 technical staff from Portuguese-speaking countries over the next three years.

The Training Centre, which will train 31 people from Portuguese-speaking countries in its first training course in the area of tourism – initially at Macau University – was inaugurated in the presence of Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, the secretaries for the Economy and Finance, Francis Tam, and Social Affairs and Culture, Cheong U, and ambassadors from the Portuguese-speaking countries to China.

The centre was created due to China’s wish to train technical staff from Portuguese-speaking countries, which was noted by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during the ministerial meeting of Forum Macau in November, 2010 and is part of the cooperation plan between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries.

This year alone, the centre is due to organise six short training activities for a total of 156 people. However, since Forum Macau was set up in 2003, Beijing has organised over 210 courses for a total 2,400 professionals from Portuguese-speaking countries.

“Setting up the training centre is evidence of the importance and support that the Chinese government gives to training human resources for Portuguese-speaking countries,” said Chang Hexi, the secretary-general of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau noting that the centre would contribute to, “raising levels of cooperation,” in the area of human resources between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Chang Hexi also promised there would be dialogue with the Portuguese-speaking countries to establish priority areas for training.

Macau – a territory where Portuguese remained an official language after sovereignty was transferred from Portugal to China in December, 1999 – was named by Beijing as the headquarters for the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, which has led to a significant increase in multi-lateral trade and greater cooperation. (macauhub)