Portuguese-speaking countries want to boost ties with Sichuan, China

26 June 2014

Business cooperation was the focus of a delegation of 14 members of Forum Macau that was in Chengdu to take part in Dynamic Macau Week in the capital of China’s Sichuan province according to a statement from the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau.

Representatives of companies from Sichuan attended a talk on cooperation between the Portuguese-speaking countries, Macau and Sichuan organised by the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau, the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and the Sichuan Department of Trade.

The meeting discussed the role of Macau and its institutions as a link between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries for promoting business and incentives offered to foreign investors.

The visit to Chengdu was also intended to inform the representatives of the Portuguese-speaking countries about developments in the sanitation sector, the health care and pharmaceutical sectors and the possibilities that are opening up in cooperation between governments and companies.

The delegation of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau was headed up by its secretary general, Chang Hexi and, amongst other included representatives from Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Timor-Leste.

According to the statement from Forum Macau Sichuan province has close ties with Portuguese-speaking countries as it ahs sent medical teams to the countries since 1976.

Sichuan province, in southeast China, covers an area of 485,000 square kilometres, has a population of 89 million and in 2013 posted total gross domestic product (GDP) of US$429 billion. (macauhub/MO/MZ/GW/TL)