Macau and Portugal want to strengthen trade relations, economies and staff training

13 September 2016

Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Monday in Lisbon that in the future Portugal and Macau can strengthen economic and trade cooperation and further develop staff training in Portuguese.

Chui was speaking during a visit to the Portuguese capital to attend the meeting of the Macau-Portugal Joint Commission which addressed issues related to the economy and the Portuguese language in Macau.

The Chief Executive said he expected Portugal to continue to use Macau as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries and gave assurances about the support of the special administrative region to Portuguese companies that want to take advantage of China’s development the facilities available in Free Trade Zones within China to promote their business.

The Chief Executive also said that in the future the teaching of Portuguese in Macau would be strengthened to train bilingual staff and considered that Portugal has an important role in this area.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, who led the Portuguese side of the meeting of the joint commission said that Portugal recognises that Macau is an excellent platform for the development of cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries and dissemination of the Portuguese language in China.

Chui Sai On, in addition to taking part in the joint commission meeting, met with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told Chui that the presence of Prime Minister António Costa at the next Macau Forum summit will contribute to strengthening relations between Portugal and China and of Portugal with Macau.

At the meeting of Chui with António Costa the Portuguese Prime Minister told the Chief Executive of Macau that “the adequate diversification of Macau’s economy not only opens another door to Portugal, in the area of ​​cooperation, but will also promote exchanges with China and Macau, in the fields of economy and technological innovation.”(macauhub/MO/PT/CN)