Secretary-general of Forum Macau highlights role of small and medium-sized companies

6 September 2012

The secretary-general of Forum Macau, Chang Henxi Wednesday in Macau highlighted the contribution and “irreplaceable” role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in the economic development of China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, at the launch of a business colloquium.

Chang Henxi was speaking at the opening of a training colloquium that brought together 27 businesspeople and institutional officials from five Portuguese-speaking countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Portugal.

“China and the Portuguese-speaking countries are currently at an important stage of their economic development and, as the economy develops, the importance of small and medium-sized companies has increased,” he said.

Chang Henxi also noted that SMEs “have had an irreplaceable role in creating jobs and in economic growth.”

“Benefitting from its specific advantages, notably a favourable Chinese/Portuguese bilingual business climate, Macau is an irreplaceable bridge and link in the economic and trade cooperation between China and the Portuguese speaking countries,” he noted.

The assistant secretary-general of Forum Macau, Rita Santos, also noted the importance of SMEs in Macau, by saying y that they accounted for over 90 percent of local businesses.

The training colloquium for small and medium-sized companies from Portuguese-speaking countries is the fifth course offered by the Forum Macau Training Centre in 2012.

The event, which will run until 19 September, is intended to increase the management capacity and competitiveness of SMEs, in order to make it easier for them to enter the market and do deals. (macauhub)