Macau wants more active role in the Pan-Pearl River Delta

26 September 2017

Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On said on Monday in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, at a meeting on regional cooperation of the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD), that the Macau government is preparing a visit by officials of the PPRD to Portuguese-speaking countries during the first half of 2018.

Last March Macau organised last a visit of 50 officials from the Pan-Pearl River Delta to Brazil and Portugal for contacts in the environmental and water management areas with a view to creating partnerships.

At the meeting, which brought together officials from the nine provinces of the Pan-Pearl River Delta, Macau and Hong Kong (9 + 2), Chui said that under the “Belt and Road” initiative, Macau should make use of its advantages in terms of language, culture and relationship with the Chinese overseas communities and its role as a bridge between China and Portuguese-speaking countries to serve the regions and provinces of the region.

The Chief Executive also said that, as far as the Greater Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay is concerned, the territory has been focused on improving its role as a world centre for tourism and leisure to build a tourist training base to serve the Great Bay, the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region and the World.

Chui also said that Macau will continue to develop its role as a service platform in China-Portuguese-speaking trade cooperation and explore business opportunities and work towards greater cultural exchange based on Chinese culture and the coexistence of a multinational culture, building on the legacy accumulated over 400 years in the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures, together with the cities of the Greater Bay and the Pan-Pearl River Delta region.

Cooperation with the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region in promoting tourism cooperation and science and technology, in particular through the experience of the region and its provinces in the development of an intelligent city would continue, Chui said.

The joint meeting of the “Executive Leaders of Pan-Pearl River Delta Regional Cooperation” was established in 2004 and includes the governments of the Chinese provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and the special regions of Hong Kong and Macau also known as “9 + 2”. (macauhub)