Macau and Portugal signed several bilateral cooperation protocols on Thursday in Lisbon, covering the areas of education, environment, consumer rights and tourism, in the scope of the second meeting of the Portugal/Macau Joint Commission.
A statement released by the commission indicated that the two sides “were satisfied with results achieved by the enhanced cooperation and agreed that the next meeting would take place in Macau in 2014”.
The importance of bilateral relations to Portugal and Macau is evident in the flow of reciprocal political visits and the interest in closer cooperation involving the public and the private sector, the statement adds.
“To that end the current status of cooperation was reviewed in various areas, particularly culture, education, justice, security, tourism, environment, trade, sports, consumer rights, and cartography and records,” the text continues.
Participants in the meeting highlighted the significance of cooperation for the Portuguese language, bearing in mind its growing international importance and the Macau Special Administrative Region’s role as a platform for learning and disseminating Portuguese, the statement indicates.
The framework agreement on cooperation between Portugal and Macau was signed in Macau on 23 May 2001 and envisages that the two sides should meet every two years. The first meeting was held in Macau on 6 April 2011. (macauhub)