China and Portuguese-speaking countries in focus in October in Macau

9 October 2015

The 7th Cultural Week of China and the Portuguese Speaking Countries this year is held alongside a set of activities put on by the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macau, the deputy secretary general of Forum Macau said Thursday .

Echo Chan stressed that the cultural week and the activities taking place this month were an important part of Forum Macau’s activities, taking advantage of the Macau platform to promote economic, commercial and cultural cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The cultural week includes activities such as a exhibition of cuisine from Portuguese-speaking countries, a fair of crafts from China and Portuguese-speaking countries, a a showcase of theatre from Portuguese-speaking countries, a musical and dance show from China and the Portuguese-speaking countries and contemporary art exhibitions.

The Cultural Week runs from 16 to 22 October and the Forum of Young Entrepreneurs from China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries will take place on 21 October as will a round table with provincial and municipal official from China and Portuguese-speaking countries and on 23 October there will be a “presentation session” on fisheries and “business opportunities” associated with fish processing for the food sector.

All these events will be on the sidelines of the 20th Macau International Fair (MIF), which takes place from 22 to 25 October, at which the pavilion of the Portuguese-speaking countries, which is the responsibility of Forum Macau, will focus on the theme of the oceans.

The Deputy Secretary General of Forum Macau stressed that the hosting and participation of the secretariat in the activities is also intended to work in conjunction with the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, taking advantage of the Macau platform to create new industries and business opportunities in economic and trade promotion and cultural exchange.

Echo Chan gave the gastronomic presentation of Portuguese-speaking countries as an example, alongside the fact that Macau is a tourism city, which could encourage the emergence of other business opportunities linked to their industries.

“The same may happen in other areas, such as artistic performances that may develop this industry in Macau and strengthen the role of Macau as a platform, as well as in activities related to the promotion of trade and investment, the construction of ‘one Centre and one Platform’ to extend regional economic cooperation between mainland China, Macau and Portuguese-speaking countries,” said the Deputy Secretary General of Forum Macau. (macauhub/CN/MO)