Pearl River Delta association publishes books with a focus on Portuguese-speaking countries

25 March 2014

The Macao Pearl River Delta Research Association is due in May to publish a book on the current development of the Zhuhai Special economic Zone, which borders Macau, according to a statement published Tuesday in Macau.

The next book, similarly to those that have previously been published, is authored by economist Thomas Chan, who is the head of the China Business Centre of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and journalist Louise do Rosário.

The book about Zhuhai is the fifth in a collection about the Pearl River Delta and its cities published by the association in 2012/2013 with the support of the Macao Foundation, the Macau International Institute and News Agency Macaulink.

Over the last two years four books have been published in Portuguese about the region: The notable history of the pearl River Delta, Guangzhou: the rebirth of a metropolis, Shenzhen: A city for all seasons and Dongguan: A new phase of growth.

Over the next two years the association expects to publish four more books, covering the economic reality of Foshan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, as well as Zhuhai.

The Macao Pearl River Delta Research Association, which was established in 2010, intends to publicise the economic climate of the delta in order to drive investment and partnerships between businesspeople in Portuguese-speaking countries and the Pearl River Delta.

“Development of the Pearl River Delta is so fast that if we do not permanently keep up with the policies and strategies of China we are completely overtaken and in danger of preparing strategies for a scenario that is no longer the same,” said the chairman of the association Gonçalo César de Sá.

He also noted that these publications are an important tool for potential Portuguese investors to get to know the delta, particularly for small and medium-sized companies.

“We increasingly notice small Chinese business owners in Portuguese-speaking countries. The Pearl River Delta is a rich vein for finding partnerships to operate in both Africa and in China,” he said.

The Pearl River Delta covers an area of 44,000 square kilometres and has a population of 56 million people across its main cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Zongshan, Jiangmen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhaoqing and Huizhou.

The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is located on the Pearl River Delta. (macauhub)