Macau to build centre to promote China’s relations with Portuguese-speaking countries

Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, said in Lisbon that his government is studying the creation of a complex in Macau which will incorporate the various initiatives that are underway to promote Macau as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries .

According to a statement from the Government Information Bureau (GCS), the centre will be housed in a single building and bring together interests in economic and commercial areas, offering services for companies, organisation of fairs, meetings and cultural exhibitions and professional training.

Chui Sai On gave no details of the project, but its announcement comes less than a month before the 5th Macau Forum Ministerial Conference in Macau, which will bring together senior officials from China and from Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Guinea- Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Timor-Leste (East Timor).

The Chief Executive, during his stay in Lisbon, led a delegation from Macau at the Portugal-Macau Joint Commission and met with the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and with Prime Minister António Costa.

According to the GCS during the meetings held in Lisbon, Macau suggested the Portuguese authorities should take advantage of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries to boost dialogue and cooperation in the economic and trade area between China and Portugal and use the advantages offered by the Free Trade Zone policy within China. (macauhub/CN/MO/PT)