Guangdong wants to make use of Macau’s relationship with Portuguese-speaking countries

22 June 2016

China’s Guangdong province plans to make use of the specific adavantages Macau ahs to offer as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, the governor of the province, Zhu Xiaodan, said Tuesday in Macau.

During the 2016 Guangdong-Macau Joint Cooperation Conference Zhu also said that there were plans to support companies from both regions to invest in countries in the “One Belt, One Road” route and to increase cooperation in the Guangdong and Macau international tourism industry.

Zhu Xiaodan noted that young entrepreneurs were an essential factor of this cooperation, and the Guangdong government would promote a number of activities in this area. These include an “(International) Nansha Innovation Workshop for young people from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau” and the “Business creation voucher for young people of Macau in Hengqin,” so that they can have the opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship in the province.

In terms of mutual participation in setting up the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Macau’s chief executive, Chui Sai On, said that the launch of national startegies such as the 13th Five-Year Plan, the “ONe Belt, ONe Road” initiative,  “Guiding Opinions on the Deepening Pan-Pearl River Delta Cooperation” and other important policies, have brought great opportunities for development in Guangdong province and Macau.

Chui Sai On noted that as Macau is a “World Centre for Tourism and Leisure” and a “Services Platform for Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries” it favours taking part in the development of the national strategy as well as organising, with the Guangdong provincial government, of visits to countries along the “One Belt, One Road” corridor to explore foreign markets. (macauhub/CN/MZ)