Portugal’s foreign minister due to visit China and Japan this year

9 January 2014

Portugal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete, said in Lisbon that he would visit China and Japan this year as the head of a business delegation.

Asia “will be a priority region in terms of economic diplomacy in 2014, with visits scheduled with senior state officials, namely in China and Japan,” said Machete speaking to foreign representatives of Portugal’s Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP).

Machete also noted that the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) summit will this year be held in Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and that this would be “an opportunity to project the Portuguese-speaking world in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“Therefore, more than ever, it will be essential to face Asian markets with ambition, making use of all the opportunities available for our companies to set themselves up in that context,” he noted.

Machete also said that Asia was one of the export markets that had seen “significant growth rates.” (macauhub)