Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries has brought mutual benefits to all Forum Macau participants, Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said on Monday in Macau.
During his speech at the welcome dinner for the fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, Gao emphasised that since its creation in 2003 the “Forum Macau has followed an extraordinary path” which provided benefits to all the participants.
“We have furthered economic and trade cooperation and faced together a financial crisis, achieving good results in the ten years of this cooperation between China and the Portuguese language countries,” he said.
Gao Hucheng stated that while the successes accomplished during the last decade are a “solid basis for far-reaching cooperation and substantiate the conviction of common development”, cooperation actions should continue to be developed at “a higher level, in broader areas and in a deeper manner”.
The Chinese Commerce Minister recalled Macau’s role with its “resources, using its own advantages at regional, cultural and trade level” to be an active Forum Macau participant, “thereby playing an indispensable role”.
For his part, the Chief Executive of the Macau government, Fernando Chui Sai On, gave a positive summary of cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries over the last decade. He guaranteed that Forum Macau, “as an effective cooperation mechanism and platform for services of excellence, will continue to play a significant role in the promotion of economic and trade cooperation between the participating countries”. (macauhub)