Portuguese language countries meeting in Beijing to prepare 4th Forum Macau ministerial conference

4 March 2013

Ambassadors from the Portuguese language countries accredited in China are meeting Monday and Tuesday in Beijing to prepare the fourth Forum Macau ministerial conference planned for the third quarter of this year, said Forum official Marcelo d’Almeida.

The meeting in the Chinese capital marks the “start of discussions among the Portuguese speaking member countries of Forum Macau to work out multilateral goals for cooperation with China to be inserted in the fourth action plan,” d’Almeida told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

“At ministerial conferences a three-year action plan is determined and we have now begun sharing ideas and working out goals to be included in that plan, which will be approved at the fourth ministerial conference later this year” in Macau, he said.

D’Almeida, the Forum’s assistant secretary-general representing the Portuguese language countries, said the gathering in the Chinese capital was “preliminary” and would also serve to exchange ideas about how to mark the tenth anniversary of Forum Macau.

Forum Macau, whose official name is the Forum for Economic and Commercial Cooperation between China and the Portuguese Language Countries, was created by China in 2003 to increase trade, besides promoting other forms of bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

All the Portuguese speaking countries are members of Forum Macau except São Tomé and Príncipe, which maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan, although it has taken part in several meetings as an observer.

Forum Macau’s activity has been most evident in the area of commerce. In 2012 trade between China and the eight Portuguese language countries amounted to US$128.497 billion. (macauhub)