A colloquium on special economic zones in Portuguese-speaking countries began Monday and is due to end on 18 May in Macau and in the Nansha Special Economic Development Zone, in China’s Guangdong province, organisers said.
Organised by the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Forum Macau), the event, in partnership with the University of Macau, is intended “to consolidate exchange to explore the feasibility of construction of these areas,” said the secretary-general of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau, Chang Hexi, at the end of the opening ceremony.
This is the second initiative this year organised by the Forum Macau Training Centre, which was set up in 2011.
“China has a wealth of successful experience of implementing special economic zones,” and has also set up several “open zones” in coastal cities that have driven their economy, noted Chang Hexi.
Through talks and field trips the colloquium “provides an excellent platform for exchange and cooperation between the authorities responsible for development and execution of special economic zones in Portuguese-speaking countries,” said the secretary-general of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau.
The assistant secretary-general of Forum Macau, Rita Santos, noted the “value” that the international community places on development of special economic zones in China, which are key in the relationship with its neighbours, and offer advantages.
Twenty eight people are taking part in the colloquium from Guinea Bissau (five), Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal and Timor-Leste (each with four) and Cabo Verde (three). (macauhub/MO/GW/AO/BR/MZ/PT/TL/MO)