Macau has a role to play in relationship with Portuguese-speaking countries

17 June 2011

Macau, China, 17 June – The director of the Office for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs of the China State Council said Thursday on leaving Macau that the territory’s development should focus on two key areas, one of which is the relationship with Portuguese-speaking countries.

The first key area, said Wang Guangya, aims to transform Macau into a world centre for tourism and leisure, whilst the second is related to boosting the territory’s role as a platform for cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

“Macau performs a unique role as it is now part of China and people in Macau speak better Portuguese and know the culture and how to deal with not only Portugal but also with other Portuguese-speaking countries,” he said at the end of a three-day visit to Macau.

Noting that, in future, the central government would particularly focus on Africa and Latin America, Wang Guangya said he hoped that Macau would have a role to play in this area. (macauhub)