Macau and Shenzhen boost cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries

1 December 2016

In 2016 Shenzhen extended cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries, the mayor of the municipality, Xu Qin said in Macau on Wednesday attributing this growth to the efforts of the Macau government.

Xu added that the participation in the national ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, in economic, trade and cultural exchange, creates a lot of room for cooperation and potential for the two cities in the Pearl River Delta and said that Shenzhen, which is one of the three major financial centres of China, can help to promote Macau’s financial system.

The Mayor of Shenzhen was received by the Chief Executive, Chui Sai On, at a meeting to analyse the results of bilateral cooperation throughout the year and exchange views on ways to enhance this cooperation in 2017.

Chui Sai On stressed the success achieved in bilateral cooperation and added that the Macau government is following the instructions of the central government concerning the creation and execution of the “One Centre, One Platform” programme as well as taking part in the ‘One Belt, One Road,’ national initiative.

The Chief Executive of Macau said that the territory needs sustainable development and to promote economic diversification and stressed Shenzhen’s extremely important position as part of Guangdong-Macau cooperation.

“Therefore I hope in the future that both Shenzhen and Macau can expand and streamline cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries, resulting in mutual benefit,” said Chui Sai On, speaking to Xu Qin and his entourage.

Shenzhen, the first special economic region of China, is one of the main cities in Guangdong province and one of China’s major production centres, with a population of nearly 11 million people and a gross domestic product of US$266 billion in 2015. (macauhub)