IPIM and Apex may increase the exchange of information to promote businesses in Brazil and China

8 March 2017

The Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and the Brazilian Agency for Export and Investment Promotion (Apex) may strengthen the exchange of information to develop a partnership as a way of expanding the presence of companies in the two countries, said Jackson Chang on Tuesday in Brasilia.

The statements from Chang, President of IPIM, were made as he summarised the visit – described as positive – to Brasilia by a delegation of 50 people representing the provinces and the Chinese Special Administrative Regions of the Pan Pearl River Delta.

Chang said IPIM can support, in particular small and medium-sized Brazilian companies interested in operating in the Chinese market, as regards the procedures to structure the company, registration and legislation, and implementation of projects.

The presence of six IPIM offices in different provinces of China as well as the Apex’s actions – which does similar work to IPIM – in the Chinese market make a positive contribution to cooperation between the two entities and thus expand contacts between businesspeople from both countries, said Chang.

This action involving small businesses is included in the mission that Macau is committed to developing, which is to build a platform for economic and trade cooperation services between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

This includes the goal of consolidating the “three centres” policy involving the segments of commercial services for small and medium enterprises, distribution of food and the conventions and exhibitions segment, all with a view to cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

According to the head of the delegation, the meetings with leaders of Apex and other Brazilian government agencies such as the ministries of Environment and Planning, Development and Management were productive to find out a bit about Brazilian public policies, especially in the area of environmental protection – a focus of interest for the mission – to further expand and/or build partnerships that can enhance the action undertaken by Chinese provinces as well by Brazil.

Chang said that a more detailed assessment of the trip to Brazil will be made after the 10th edition of the Macau International Environmental Cooperation Forum (MIECF), between 30 March and 1 April.

This event, the president of IPIM said, is an important cooperation platform in the environmental protection field for the Pan Pearl River Delta region with the international market, especially the Portuguese-speaking one.

“The meetings held over these two days, although at an early stage, suggest that we may establish important partnerships based on the exchange of knowledge and experience in different areas,” he said.

During the two-day visit to Brasilia, the mission held meetings with Brazilian government representatives from different areas. In addition to trade promotion work, representatives of the provinces were able to learn about some of the country’s environmental policies, including water management, protection systems, environmental monitoring and management, including the Amazon region, forest legislation, and external finance projects, among others.

The mission from the Pan Delta is due on Wednesday to visit Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, a city located in the centre of the largest rainforest in the world – the Amazon – and at the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers, which, when they meet, form the great Amazon River.

The delegation that has travelled to Brazil is made up of representatives of the “9 + 2” group, the Pan Pearl River Delta, which includes nine provinces of southern China – Guangdong, Sichuan, Fujian, Hainan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunan, Guizhou and Jiangxi – and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. (macauhub)