Chinese official in Angola notes rise in trade with Portuguese-speaking countries

21 July 2011

Luanda, Angola, 21 July – The deputy president of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Dong Songgen, noted Wednesday in Luanda that trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries had risen 31 percent year-on-year in the first five months of 2011 to US$43.09 billion.

Speaking at the opening session of the business meeting between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, Dong Songgen said that in the period China had imported goods worth US$28.95 billion from the eight Portuguese-speaking countries, which was a rise of 34 percent against the same period of 2010.

From January to May, China sold goods to the Portuguese-speaking countries worth US$14.13 billion, which was a year-on-year rise of 34 percent.

“We have reason to believe that, with the support of the participating governments and based on joint efforts of companies, economic and trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries will benefit from even more notable development,” he said.

Dong Songgen also noted the fact that this was the second time that business delegations from China had taken part in Angola in the meeting with businesspeople from Portuguese-speaking countries.

“We believe that after companies from the participating countries in this economic and trade platform have made better use of it, the depth and breadth of cooperation will reach another level,” he said.

Dong Songgen ended by saying that CCPIT was ready to work with Portuguese-speaking countries in the continual search for new types and areas of cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, taking it to another level. (macauhub)