Next October Portugal plans to reopen a Consulate General in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, according to Portuguese daily newspaper Diário de Todos.
The newspaper reported the joint order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance for opening the consular representation had already been signed.
The Portuguese Secretary of State for the Communities, José Cesário, told the newspaper that “In the first half of October a diplomat is due to start working who will be in charge of setting up the Consulate General. He must select the facilities and then start recruiting staff.”
The Consulate General of Portugal was previously in operation until September 1966 during the Cultural Revolution in China.
The Republic of Angola is also due to open a Consulate General in Guangzhou in August of this year. An order from the Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs named the diplomat João Baptista da Costa for the post of Consul General.
Ambassador João Baptista da Costa worked at the Central Executive Services of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and previously served as Director General of the Institute of Angolan Communities Abroad and Consular Services.
The city of Guangzhou, China’s third largest with over 14 million inhabitants, is one of the most frequent destinations of Angolan citizens who travel to China for business and to study. (macauhub/PT/AO/CN)