The Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Forum Macau) and the Macau Trade and Investment Institute (IPIM) plan to boost cooperation to extend Macau’s role as a platform for contacts, the Forum said in a statement.
At a meeting held last week, the chairman of IPIM, Jackson Cheong, re-stated the Institute’s intention to cooperate with the Forum and said that the two were preparing a delegation of Macau businesspeople to take part in the Meeting of Businesspeople for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries in Maputo, Macau Week in Hangzhou, Zheijiang province, Dynamic Promotion of Macau, the Pearl River Delta Region Economic and Trade Cooperation Fair and the Macau International Environmental Cooperation Forum 2014 (Miecef 2014).
Jackson Cheong also said that IPIM would continue to support visits to Macau by companies from Portuguese-speaking countries to explore the Macau and China markets.
The secretary general of the Permanent secretariat of the Forum, Chang Hexi, said that cooperation with IPIM would increase in order to implement the Plano f Action for Economic and Trade Cooperation approved at the 4th Ministerial Conference of the Forum held in Macau in November 2013.
Chang Hexi also said that in 2014 the Forum would promote the measures approved at the November meeting. These include encouraging trade and investment and cooperation with China in training human resources from Portuguese-speaking countries.
At the meeting, which brought together officials from the Forum and IPIM, the assistant secretary of the Forum, Rita Santos, sad that among the several tasks to be carried out this year was creation of three centres to support Portuguese.-speaking countries and companies from Macau and China: Centre for Commercial Services for Small and Medium-Sized Companies, the Convention and Exposition Centre and the Food Distribution Centres.
Santos also said that in 2014 seven colloquia would be held in the Macau Forum Training Centre to train staff from the seven Portuguese-speaking countries that are members of the organisation. (macauhub)