Macau wants greater cooperation within the Pan Pearl River Delta region

17 October 2016

Macau wants to make full use of “one country, two systems” and of returning migrants to accelerate its transformation into a world tourism and leisure centre and a service platform for trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries said the head of the Macau government.

At a meeting in the city of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, in which he took part on Saturday in the “Joint meeting of the executive officers of the Pan Pearl River Delta region 2016,” Chui Sai On also mentioned as objectives the development of the convention and exhibitions sector, of traditional Chinese medicine and the creative industries to participate, along with the “sister” provinces, in the “One Belt, One Road,” national strategy.

Chui also said that in cooperation with the provinces in the Pan Pearl River Delta there is a need to organise tourism resources and gradually explore new tourist destinations, creating excellent products, with a focus on the idea of “one journey, several destinations.”

The chief executive stressed Macau’s interest in maintaining close relations with international organisations, to promote tourism in the Pan Delta region from the countries that lie along the “One Belt, One Road” geographical territory.

He added that it is necessary to make good use of the support of the World Tourism Organisation in terms of Macau setting up the World Tourism Training Centre, in order to train staff specialised in the area, according to the Government Information Bureau.

Regarding the role of Macau as a platform, the Chief Executive said Prime Minister Li Keqiang had announced a range of measures at the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, which took place last week.

“It is precisely the implementation of these measures that will bring new opportunities for Macau and its involved ‘sister’ provinces and for them all to engage in platform integration and in ‘One Belt, One Road,” said Chui Sai On.

The Pan Pearl River Delta region, also known as “9 + 2”, encompasses the provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan and the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

The region has an area of 2 million square kilometres, 21% of the country’s surface, a population of 453 million or 35% of the total and is responsible for 40% of China’s economic output. (macauhub)